World Cuisine

Saffron Pears with Honey and Lavender

cook 30 mins
  • 300 ml (1/2 pint) water
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 3–4 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • pinch of saffron threads
  • 2–3 dried lavender heads, plus extra to decorate
  • 4 firm pears with the stalks intact, peeled
  • Place the measurement water and lemon juice in a heavy-based saucepan and bring to the boil. Stir in the honey, cinnamon stick, saffron threads and lavender heads and cook gently for 5 minutes.
  • Add the pears and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and cook gently for 20 minutes, turning and basting frequently. Serve hot with the cooking liquid drizzled over, decorated with a few lavender petals.
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