The poaching liquid included apple juice, lemon juice, lemon rind, black pepper, mixed spice and a cinnamon stick, and was meant to be boiled down to a syrup afterwards. I don’t think I cooked the peaches right (I didn’t check that they were simmering fast enough.) and I couldn’t get the liquid to go syrupy either, but the pear tasted nice enough, although the flavours hadn’t really infused into the pear (I probably did it wrong), and the kitchen smelled gorgeous.

I think if the children were interested, I’d be inclined to try this again, maybe with a few recipe tweaks, but since John doesn’t like pears, there isn’t much point.