I had some pears I needed to use, but I didn't want to just eat them, so I looked at what else I had. I thought about the Balsamic Pears, but I kinda wanted something more along the lines of a Quick Apple Crisp or Easy Peach Cobbler. And then I saw cardamom.
Native to India and Bhutan, cardamom comes in a small triangular seed pod with a papery shell and several small dark brown/black seeds inside. Cardamom's got a strong, sweet fragrance, and a little goes a long way. A good thing, since cardamom's apparently the third most expensive spice - only saffron and vanilla cost more! You should be able to find it reasonably priced at Indian or ethnic groceries. If none is available locally, there's still Amazon! Remember, a little goes a long way, so even a small package will last quite a while. You can also use cardamom in Indian dishes, Nordic breads, garam masala, or even to flavor your coffee or chai tea.
I just served these pears with some candied ginger, but you can easily add some toasted oats and make a quick pear crisp or serve it with some vanilla ice cream. Or both :)
Yield: 2 servings
|2||pears, cut into eighths|
|2 tablespoons||brown sugar|
|1 teaspoon||vanilla extract|
|candied ginger, chopped|
- Gather all materials.
- Place butter and pears into pan, and melt butter.
- Stir in remaining materials, cooking until pears soft and syrup thickened.
- Garnish with candied ginger, and serve with vanilla ice cream if desired.