Anise Pear Compote
|Sugar||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Water||3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)|
|Anise seeds||1⁄4 Teaspoon, crushed|
|Lemon juice||1 Teaspoon|
|Firm ripe pears||1 1⁄2 Pound|
|Seedless grapes||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
In a medium-size pan, bring sugar, water, anise, lemon juice, and salt to a boil; reduce heat to simmer.
Peel, quarter, and core pears.
Place in hot syrup, cover, and simmer until barely tender when pierced (about 6 minutes); cool.
With a sharp knife, peel orange and grapefruit, remove white membrane, and lift out sections.
Add orange and grapefruit sections and grapes to pears; gently mix.