- 1.5 litres water
- 3 cups caster sugar
- 4 pears peeled and halved. Conference, comice, williams all cook well. Slightly under-ripe pears keep their shape better
- Small handful of lavender buds
- 3 bay leaves
- creme fraiche
- honey optional
- strawberries/raspberries any berries you like for serving with the poached pears
Place water and sugar in a heavy based saucepan. Add pears, lavender and bay leaves. Cover and slowly bring to the boil then turn down and simmer for approx 25minutes , check pears for firmness preferred.
Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Serve with creme fraiche ( you could mix a little honey with the creme fraiche) and pop some berries on top.