pears, peeled, halved lengthwise, and cored
- Combine 1 cup water with sugar, whole cloves, and ground ginger in a large, deep skillet. Heat to simmering, then add the pears to the liquid.
- Cook, basting occasionally, until tender yet firm, about 10 minutes. Remove the pears. Increase heat to high. Boil the liquid until it is reduced and syrupy.
- Pour over the pears. Serve warm or chilled.