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Dec 13, 2006 05:57 PM

So Many Harry & David Pears- what to do with them

I have approximately 18 giant and beautiful Royal Riviera Pears.
I am not sure what to do with all of them. Does anyone have any easy but creative suggestions? I have no idea whether they cook well. I thought about making apple-pear sauce to go with potato latkes for Hanukkah but I am running out of ideas and I don't want them to go bad. Thanks!

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    1. I don't know if your pears are firm or soft. If firm, here's a lovely recipe for pears that you bake in wine sauce, then serve with gorgonzola.


      1. Pear gingerbread upside-down cake.

        1. Pear Upside-Down Cake. Poach the pears in wine with a little honey and a couple of cinnamon sticks, until they are just tender. While they're poaching, melt some butter and brown sugar together. As soon as the butter melts, pour this "caramel" into whatever cake pan you're using. When the pears are done, blot them dry a bit with paper towels and place, cut side down, on the caramel. Cover with a good cake batter (add just enough batter to cover the pears). Bake. Unmold while warm onto a serving platter. Serve warm, with ice cream.

          1. Usually Harry and David sells fruit that is meant to be eaten fresh -- I think it would be a shame to cook pears like that too thoroughly. My favorite way to enjoy pears is just sliced and served fresh over salad (I like to make the Cosi salad that has pears, cranberries, red grapes, gorgonzola and pistachios over spinach with a balsamic dressing)... or maybe lightly poached for a poire belle helene?

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            1. re: Adrienne

              I agree, they're not the best pears for cooking, but on the other hand it'd be a shame to let them spoil.

              Can you freeze pear coulis with good results?

              1. re: Adrienne

                I agree. For the price tag on those pears, they're best eaten fresh. They are quite delicious on their own