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Clove-pickled Seckel pears

Time 40 minutes
Yields Serves 8 to 10
Clove-pickled Seckel pears
(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
1

Combine the sugar, vinegar, cloves, cinnamon and peppercorns in a medium saucepan with one-half cup water. Bring to a boil, stirring. Lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is syrupy, about 15 minutes.

2

Stir the lemon juice into a bowl of cold water. Peel, halve and core the pears and place them in the lemon water to keep from turning brown.

3

Place the pears in the pan with the syrup. Cover and cook over medium heat, turning occasionally, until tender, about 15 minutes.

4

Cool the pears in the syrup, then transfer both to a bowl. Chill overnight before draining and serving.


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