Border of Pears

Cooking time—altogether min.


  • ½ lb. loaf sugar
  • 1 pt. water
  • a few drops of cochineal
  • 2 lb. small stewing pears
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 gill milk
  • 2 oz. castor sugar
  • grated rind of ½ lemon
  • 1 oz. butter
  • 3 individual sponge cakes


Make a syrup by slowly heating together the loaf sugar and water and then boiling rapidly for a few minutes; add a few drops of cochineal just to colour the syrup pink. Peel, halve and core the pears and put immediately into the syrup and stew until tender: about ½ hr. Take out the pears and reduce the syrup by rapid boiling to just over ½ pt., reheat the pears in the syrup before serving. Meanwhile, beat together the eggs, warmed milk, castor sugar, lemon rind and melted butter. Slice the sponge cakes and arrange them in a buttered border mould. Pour the custard on to the sponge cakes. Stand the mould in a tray containing sufficient cold water to come about half-way up the sides of the mould. Bake 40 min. in a warm oven(335° F., Gas 3) until set.

Turn out on to a hot dish, arrange the pears on the border or in the centre and pour the syrup round.

Serve either hot or cold.