Blushing Pears In Cranberry-Ginger Sauce

Course : Fruits
Serves: 6
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6 ounces frozen concentrated cranberry OR cranberry-apple juice cocktail -- thawed and undiluted
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 piece cinnamon stick
6 medium firm-ripe pears
1/2 Cup pear liquid
1 Cup water
4 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
1/4 cup candied ginger -- chopped
1/2 Cup reserved pear liquid

Preparation / Directions:

1. Combine cranberry juice cocktail concentrate, water, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon in medium saucepan. 2. Peel pears, leaving stems attached. 3. Place pears, stems up, in saucepan; cover; cook over low heat, basting often with cranberry mixture, until just tender. 4. Remove pears from liquid; reserve liquid for sauce. Cranberry-Ginger Sauce 1. Measure remaining pear liquid; add water to make 1 3/4 cups. Return to pan. 2. Mix together cornstarch and cold water and add to liquid in pan; cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. 3. Add ginger; cool. 4. Serve over pears as dessert or salad.

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