Spicy Juicy Pear Delight

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 6 pears
  • 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 250g apricot jam
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup rum


  • Bring 1½ cups water, sugar, and vanilla to boil in a saucepan over high heat.
  • Add 3 pears and reduce the heat to medium to simmer gently until the pears have just turned tender (about 5 minutes).
  • Remove the cooked pears into a serving dish and continue to cook the remaining 3 pears. Increase heat to medium-high and boil the syrup until it has reduced to 1 cup. Stir in the apricot jam and return to a boil.
  • Dissolve the cornflour in 2 tablespoons of water and stir into the simmering syrup. Cook and stir until thickened and clear (about 30 seconds).
  • Pour the hot sauce over the pears to serve, and sprinkle with rum.
  • Carefully ignite the rum tableside with the lights turned low. Let the alcohol burn out before serving.