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Pears Baked in Red Wine with Cardamom Cream


  1. Pre-heat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Peel the pears and cut a thin slices from the bottom of each one so they sit up in a casserole dish.
  2. Pour over the wine and add the whole spices. Cut the butter into cubes and place a cube on top of each pear.
  3. Sprinkle over the sugar, cover with foil or a lid and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove the dish from the oven and baste the pears with the juice. Return the dish to the oven uncovered for 40 minutes or until the pears are soft.
  5. For the cardamom cream, whisk the double cream until it forms soft peaks. Gently combine the sugar and ground cardamom.
  6. Serve with the warm pears and a drizzle of the juice from the casserole dish.