If you have a monthly produce subscription such as Misfits Market or Imperfect Foods, to name a couple, you probably receive a lot of pears. Pears are mildly flavored fruits. Their flavor is quite pleasant, but they often get lost at the bottom of the fruit bowl, which means they may end up all ripening at once, and risk being wasted, the exact problem produce boxes like Misfits and IF aim to solve.
"What to do with all the pears?", I ask. "Cook them," a voice in the cooking part of my brain whispers. "Cook them with alcohol." Splendid idea. Now I cross my fingers each time Misfits shows up at my door, hoping more than anything that pears will appear in this week's delivery so I can booze them up and take this week's ice cream, oatmeal, pancakes, and waffles to another, wildly more exciting, place.
- 3-4 pears, peeled and cut into slices or wedges. Any variety will do.
- 1Tb unsalted butter
- 1Tb Light brown sugar (use whatever sugar you have. I find light brown sugar adds a soft caramel flavor without overpowering the natural flavor of pears)
- 1 whole cinnamon stick, or ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼c white wine
- 1 oz whisky
Place pears, butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and salt into a medium saucepan. Place on the stove over medium heat. Once the contents in the pot start to sizzle, cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add the wine and whisky and cook for another 5 miunutes, stirring occasionally. If liquid is still runny, cook for another couple minutes, until most of the liquid has evaporated and the liquid that remains is syrupy.
Maybe enjoy these pears spooned over your favorite desserts such as ice cream or pound cake. They're also perfect when eaten as-is, or simply topped with a little whipped cream.