Poached Pears with Pomegranate

Serves 4 Ingredients Method

4 pomegranates

4 firm pears

1 1⁄2 oz of demerera sugar

Extract the juice from the pomegranates. Peel and halve the pears lengthways, scoop out the cores and place the pears in a single layer in a 4 pt ovenproof dish. Sprinkle over the sugra, the strained pomegranate juice- there should be about a 1⁄2 pint- and add 1⁄2 pint of water. Cover the dish tightly and cook at 190 degrees C/ 375 degrees F / Gas Mark 5 for about 1 hour or until the pears are tender. Remove the pears and place in a serving dish, keep warm. Boil the cooking liquid until reduced by half. Spoon over pears and serve hot or cold with ice cream.