Saffron Poached Pears
Recipe inspiration by “Sylvia Fountaine” “Feasting At Home “
4 pears ripe but firm 

1 cup sugar

1/4 tsp saffron

2-3 cardamoms pounded with the skin 

1 stick cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1 tbsp lemon juice 

1 tsp tsp lemon zest 

A few drops vanilla extract / 1 vanilla pod 1 1 litre water 
Salted Caramel

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup cream 

6 tbsp butter if unsalted a pinch of salt 
Melt the sugar in a pan. Stirring it a bit. 

As it starts browning and melts completely

Add the butter. Careful. Because as the butter melts it bubble and splash a bit. 

Add the cream . Take it off the flame and mix in the cream well. Add a pinch of salt cool. 
Peel the Pears . Leaving the stick on . Slice vertically from the centre / leave them whole. If sliced. Core the centre with a melon baller. 

Put the water to boil in a large pot. add the sugar and the spices. Add the vanilla bean / extract. 

As the sugar melts 

Slide in the Pears. Add the lemon juice and zest. Bring to a simmer and cook the Pears for about 20 mins or till a knife slides in the Pear easily. 
Transfer the Pears and juice to another smaller container cover and leave overnight in the fridge to steep. 

Next day drain the Pears . Cook the liquid reduce the liquid to a thick strip 

Serve with a bit of Rabri/ Vanilla Icecream and a drizzle of Salted Caramel. 

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