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Poached Pears Julianne

Yield 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 medium pears
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup apricot preserves

How to Make It

  1. Peel pears, removing core from bottom end; leave stems intact. Slice about 1/4 inch from bottom of each pear to make a flat base. Set pears aside.

  2. Combine water, sugar, and lemon juice in a 5-quart Dutch oven; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Place pears in Dutch oven in an upright position. Cover and simmer 20 minutes (straighten pears if they tilt while cooking).

  3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer pears to a 10- x 6- x 2-inch baking dish. Heat apricot preserves over low heat in a small saucepan; strain, and pour sauce over pears; cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.

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