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Cinnamon-Thyme Poached Pears
Cinnamon-Thyme Poached Pears use thyme's minty-green flavor to accent the subtle sweetness of the maple, cinnamon and lemon zest sauce.
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Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 to 45 minutes
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4 large ripe firm pears, (Bosc, Bartlett, D'Anjou)
1 cup pear nectar
1 cup water
3/4 cup maple syrup
2 McCormick® Cinnamon Sticks, slightly crushed
1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Thyme Leaves
4 strips lemon peel

1. Peel and core pears* from the bottom, leaving stems intact. Cut a thin slice off the bottom of each pear to provide a flat, even bottom. Set aside.

2. In a medium saucepan, add remaining ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil. Add pears and arrange standing with stems pointing up. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 20-30 minutes or until pears are tender.

3. Remove pears from saucepan. Continue to cook liquid until reduced to 3/4 cup, about 15 minutes. Serve pears drizzled with sauce.

*Tip: Use a melon baller to core pears; push the smaller end of melon baller into the bottom of the pear, and turn it to bore a hole and scoop out the seeds and fibrous core. This will leave the stem intact.

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