Pears with caramel
I have a lot of pears about the house at the moment... so I'm doing this for pudding tonight..
4 ripe medium-sized pears
2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
4oz granulated sugar
1/2 pint (Imperial measurement) water
Heat oven to Gas mark 6 or 400F
Peel the pears, leaving the stalks on. Brush each pear with lemon juice. Place in an oven-proof dish. Dissolve the sugar in a quarter pint of water, then bring to the boil without stirring. Boil until the syrup becomes a light golden caramel. Remove from the heat. Quickly pour on the rest of the water, and stir over a gentle heat until the caramel has dissolved. Pour over the pears. Cover with a lid or aluminium foil and cook for 30-40 minutes in a preheated oven, until the pears are soft and translucent. Turn the pears in the syrup once or twice during the cooking time, so that they colour evenly. Carefully lift out the pears and stand them upright in a serving dish. Put the syrup in a saucepan and boil until it becomes thick, then add the butter in small pieces. Pour over the pears and leave to cool.
Serve either as they come, or with cream or ice-cream.