'Pear' of Halloween ghosts

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

These poached pears are a healthy Halloween treat for the kids - as well as being great fun to make


  • 2 ripe pears, peeled
  • 300ml (½pt) apple juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • A pinch of dried nutmeg
  • 2 frozen redcurrants, dried cranberries or dried sultanas
  • Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or pine nuts
  • Aerosol dairy cream (eg Anchor iScream)
  • Summer fruit juice or similar red fruit juice


  1. Place the peeled pears into a saucepan with the apple juice, cinnamon stick and nutmeg.
  2. Simmer gently for 20 mins until pears soften slightly.
  3. Remove from juice and allow to cool. Slice a small slither off the bottom of the pears so that they stand upright.
  4. Continue to reduce the juice for a further 10 minutes (this will be a tasty syrup to serve with the pears).
  5. Carefully make small holes in the pears for the eyes and place into them the redcurrants/cranberries/sultanas.
  6. Use the seeds as teeth and carefully push into the pear in a circular shape.
  7. Place on a plate, squirt liberally with cream and spoon some of the red juice into the ghost's mouths to create a spooky effect!

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