3/4 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
red food colouring
Method: Choose well shaped pears, peel but do not remove stalk, heat sugar and water on high about 3 minutes in a small deep casserole that is just deep enough for the pears to stand side by side, stir several times to dissolve the sugar. Add pears, lemon juice, grated rind and cloves.
Cook 3-4 minutes depending on size, spooning syrup over several times and turning dish.
Remove pears carefully, strain syrup and add red colouring to give a bright pink colour. Return pears to syrup and chill, turning pears frequently and spooning over syrup to give an even pink colouring.
Serve with cream.
Source: contributed by Y. Molling S.C.N.H. [Southern Cross Nursing Homes] 1st Floor Cook Book No. 2 (?North Plympton; n.d.), p.150.