A rich and tempting summer desert


  • 6 good-sized pears
  • 400 ml water
  • 3 tblsp runny honey
  • 8 (to 10) cardamom pods
  • 1 tub good quality vanilla ice cream, to serve


  1. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the pears, retaining the stem, if possible.
  2. Bring the water to a simmer in a large saucepan. Add the honey and the cardamom pods and stir.
  3. Carefully place the pears in the saucepan. Lay a piece of baking paper on top of the pears and then cover the saucepan.
  4. Cook over a low heat for about 35 minutes, turning the pears every 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the pears from the heat once cooked.
  6. Warm slightly before serving.
  7. Serve each person a pear with some lovely sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.