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       Title: STEAMED PEARS
  Categories: Fruits/nuts, Oriental, Desserts
       Yield: 4 servings
       4    Firm pears
       3 tb Sugar
            - pref. Chinese rock sugar
     1/3 c  Water
       2    Pieces Chinese cinnamon bark
            -=OR=-  Cinnamon sticks
   PEEL THE PEARS and cut them in half. Remove the core
   and seeds. Combine the sugar and water in a small pot
   and boil it until the sugar has completely dissolved.
   Allow it to cool slightly. Put the pears, sugar-water
   and cinnamon together into a shallow bowl. Set up a
   steamer or put a rack into a wok or pan. Add about 2
   inches of water and bring to a boil. Put the bowl of
   pears into the steamer or onto the rack, turn the heat
   down to a simmer and cover the wok or pot tightly with
   a lid. Slowly steam the pears for about 15-to-25
   minutes, until they are tender. (The cooking time will
   depend on the ripeness of the pears.) When the pears
   are cooked, drain all the liquid and cinnamon stick or
   bark into a small saucepan and reduce the liquid to a
   syrup by boiling it fast. Remove and discard the
   cinnamon stick. Pour the syrup over the pears and
   serve at once. Or you can let the mixture cool, cover
   it with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you are
   ready to serve it.