Pears in saffron and rose syrup

Desserts (Dessert (2-3 servings))

6 pears, peeled and left whole
400 ml water 
200 g sugar 
peel of 2 lemons 
4 cloves
1 petal of mace 
6 small chopped green cardamom seeds 
1-2 tbsp rose water 
1/2 tsp roasted saffron threads 
mint leaves 


Mix water, sugar, lemon peel and spices in a pan and cook over a low heat. Cook for 5 minutes. Place the pears in the hot syrup and poach them in about 20 – 30 minutes. Remove the pears from the syrup and place them upright in a bowl. 
If the herbal syrup is too thin, boil this down until it is thicker.  Strain the hot syrup. Sprinkle the saffron threads in the syrup and flavoured it with rose water. 
Pour the syrup over the pears. Let cool before serving.
Decorate with some mint leaves.

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