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Serves : 12
© Maura McEvoy

How to Make It

Step 1    

Peel the pears and brush them with the lemon juice; reserve the peels. Quarter and core the pears, then slice them lengthwise 1/8 inch thick. Transfer to a large, shallow dish. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the pear eau-de-vie over the pears and add a pinch of salt. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or for up to 2 hours.

Step 2    

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the sugar with the water and simmer over moderate heat until the sugar dissolves. Add the reserved pear peels, cover partially and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes. Strain the syrup and refrigerate until chilled.

Step 3    

Using a wooden spoon, press the raspberries through a fine sieve until smooth. Reserve the puree.

Step 4    

Scoop 1/4 cup of the pear sorbet into each of 12 shallow bowls. Spoon the chilled pears and pear syrup around the sorbet. Pour the remaining 1/4 cup of eau-de-vie over the pears and dot each serving with 2 teaspoons of the raspberry puree. Garnish with the rose petals and serve.

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