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Scarlett Pears

1 1/2 cups Cranberries
3/4 cup Water
6 medium Ripe pears
1/2 cup Sugar
1/3 cup Amaretto
1 cup Whipping cream
2 tablespoons Amaretto -- (optional)
Toasted almonds -- sliced
Fresh mint -- (optional)


In a large saucepan or Dutch oven combine cranberries and water; heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, about 5 minutes, or until cranberry skins begin to pop. Cool slightly. Place mixture in a food processor bowl or blender container. Cover and process or blend until almost smooth; sieve mixture, if desired. Return mixture to saucepan or Dutch oven.

Meanwhile, peel and core pears, leaving stems intact. If necessary, cut a thin slice from bottom of pears so they stand upright. Add sugar and the 1/3 cup amaretto to cranberry mixture; bring to boiling. Add pears, turning to coat. Simmer, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes or until tender. Cool. Serve warm; or chill, covered, until serving time.

To serve, in a mixing bowl beat whipping cream and the 2 tablespoonS amaretto (if desired) on medium speed of an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Divide cranberry sauce among 6 dessert plates. Serve with whipped cream and garnish with toasted almonds and mint, if desired.


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