- 4 not too ripe pears (we used Conference)
Like apples, to which they are related, pears come in thousands of varieties, of which only a…
- 50g butter
Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…
- ½ red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped or 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…
- 2 tsp freshly grated ginger or 1 tsp ground ginger
Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…
- crème fraîche or yogurt, to serve
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Peel the pears and cut into quarters, then remove the cores. Heat a heavy-based frying pan over a medium heat. Add the butter and when it starts to foam, add the chilli and ginger. Stir well to combine, then add the pear quarters.
Cook for 1-2 mins on each side or until tender and lightly golden. Serve with some crème fraîche or yogurt, if you like.
Making it nutty or with Madeira cake
Top with a few flakes of toasted almonds or pecan nuts. Or to try another version, once cooked, thinly slice the pears. Serve on a thick slice of Madeira cake, top with vanilla ice cream and spoon over the sauce.