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Poires Cuites Cooked Pears Peel your pears, cut them in two, seed them, and cover them with water. You need half a liter of water for two pounds of pears, and four hundred grams of sugar. Let them cook until the pears become transparent, then let them cool. 2 cups water, 2 lbs. pears, 1 3/4 cups sugar. Barely simmer. That’s it Source: The Art of Cuisine