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Asian Pears with Ginger maple Syrup
1/4 c Water
1 tb Matchstick size pieces peeled fresh ginger
1 c Pure maple syrup
2 tb Whiskey or brandy
1 ts Fresh lemon juice
1 ts Grated lemon peel
1/2 ts Ground nutmeg
4 7 oz. chilled Asian pears
2 tb Finely chopped crystallized ginger
1 tb Finely chopped fresh mint leaves
Combine 1/4 cup water and fresh ginger in heavy medium saucepan. Cover; simmer until ginger is tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in syrup, whiskey, lemon juice, lemon peel and nutmeg. Simmer 10 minutes to blend flavors, stirring occasionally. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover; chill. Bring to simmer before continuing).
Slice pears into rounds. Overlap rounds on each plate. Drizzle sauce over. Top with crystallized ginger and mint. Yield: 6 servings
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