Steamed Pears with Cassia-Blossom Honey


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By Irene Kuo

Published 1977

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These lovely steamed pears are good either hot or chilled. They are soft but still firm and well shaped. As you cut through them with a fork or spoon, the cassia-flavored sauce flows out to sweeten the fruit with an exotic perfume and a faintly salty aftertaste.


  • 4 large, firm Bartlett or Anjou pears
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon<


Select pears that will sit up securely. Rinse them and cut off 1 inch from the tops, which will be used as lids. Core the pears with a fruit corer, making sure you don’t go through the bottoms. Mix the honey with the cassia blossoms and fill the centers of the pears with this sweet liquid. Cover the pe