Simonds stuffs pears with a luscious mix of apricots, port and ginger. Like all her dishes, this one shows that just a few ingredients can be transporting. Adapted from Spices of Life
Servings: Makes 6 servings
Ingredients 1 cup dried apricots6 slightly underripe Bosc pears1 lemon , halved1 tablespoon unsalted butter3 tablespoons candied ginger1 cup good-quality port wine2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
Preheat oven to 375°F. Place apricots in a small bowl and pour 1 cup boiling water over them. Peel pears and slice them in half lengthwise; core each with a melon-baller or spoon. Rub pears' surfaces with lemon halves to prevent browning.
Spread butter on the bottom of a 14" x 10" gratin pan or baking dish. Arrange pears, cut side up, in pan. Drain apricots; reserve the soaking liquid. Chop apricots and ginger together coarsely.
Transfer apricot mixture to a bowl; stir in port and sugar and reserved apricot liquid. Fill the hollows of each pear halfway with mixture. Pour any remaining topping all over pears.
Roast pears on the center oven rack, basting occasionally, until tender, 40 to 45 minutes. Arrange pears in a shallow bowl and drizzle with pan juices. Serve warm or at room temperature.