Poached Pears in Spiced Orange Liqueur
2 cups orange juice
2 cups water
½ cup of orange liqueur
½ cup granulated sugar
zest of 1 orange, (grated)
3 whole cloves
3 cinnamon stick
3 Star Anise
1/3 cup of cranberries
6 ripe, but firm, Anjou Pears, peeled
Orange slices as garnish
In the unperforated baking pan combine the orange juice, orange liqueur, water, sugar,
orange zest, Star Anise, cranberries, and cinnamon sticks. Place the pears in the pan.
Place the pan at level 2. Use the steam only setting , 210° F and set time for about 35 minutes, until pears are tender.
Remove from oven and set aside to cool. Once cool, put pears and syrup in the refrigerator until thoroughly chilled.
Serve pears with syrup spooned over and garnish with orange slices, cinnamon stick and Star Anise, if desired.