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Patina de piris
(Pears with Cinnamon and Wine)

by Apicius, IV, 11-35

The recipe can be used as a dessert at mealtimes

Original recipe:



  • Pears
  • Water
  • Cinnamon
  • Pinch of cumin
  • Honey
  • Sweet white wine
  • Olive oil or butter
  • Pear liquid
  • Egg yolks
  • Nutmeg


  • Wash pears, peel and steam in water till soft.
  • Drain and reserve liquid. Remove the pear cores, and quarter them.
  • Put the pieces into a pot, and season with cinnamon, cumin, honey, sweet white wine, olive oil or butter and the pear liquid from the steaming pan.
  • Simmer gently for a few minutes.
  • Thicken liquid with well beaten yolks.
  • Serve hot with a sprinkling of nutmeg.
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