This recipe uses ginger wine, which is quite common in England. However, you can make your own by using this recipe http://www.recipezaar.com/New-Ginger-Wine-Christmas-Holiday-Ginger-Wine-48833 or you can substitute brandy or even sherry for the wine, and some sweetener and extra ginger to taste, if desired.
6ripe pearscored with an apple corer
small to mediumknobfresh gingerpeeled and cutvery thin slices, depending how keen you are on ginger
2tbsppecan nuts or pine nuts
approx 1/2 cupginger wine
Heat the oven to 180D/350F/Gas Mark 4.
Arrange the cored pears in an ovenproof baking dish.
Insert the ginger slithers mixed with the pecan, or pine nuts and raisins if using, down the central hole, sprinkling any extra around the pears.
Pour around the ginger wine - it should be about 2cm deep - then cover the pears with aluminium foil and bake for 30-40 minutes depending on how ripe the pears were.
Serve whole or halved, as in the picture, with the extra juice and any spare nuts or fruit.
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