‘Pear’ of Halloween ghosts recipe

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  • Vegetarian
makes: 2
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
5-a-day: 1
Prep: 5 min
Cooking: 30 min
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  • These poached pears are a healthy Halloween treat for the kids – as well as being great fun to make


    • 2 ripe pears, peeled
    • 300ml (½pt) apple juice
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • A pinch of dried nutmeg
    • 2 frozen redcurrants, dried cranberries or dried sultanas
    • Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or pine nuts
    • Aerosol dairy cream (eg Anchor iScream)
    • Summer fruit juice or similar red fruit juice


    • Place the peeled pears into a saucepan with the apple juice, cinnamon stick and nutmeg.

    • Simmer gently for 20 mins until pears soften slightly.

    • Remove from juice and allow to cool. Slice a small slither off the bottom of the pears so that they stand upright.

    • Continue to reduce the juice for a further 10 minutes (this will be a tasty syrup to serve with the pears).

    • Carefully make small holes in the pears for the eyes and place into them the redcurrants/cranberries/sultanas.

    • Use the seeds as teeth and carefully push into the pear in a circular shape.

    • Place on a plate, squirt liberally with cream and spoon some of the red juice into the ghost’s mouths to create a spooky effect!

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