Branching out to cooking. This recipe was from The Pleasures of Cooking for One by Judith Jones. It was supposed to be just one pear, but I used more. It didn't work - I'm not sure if expanding the recipe was the problem or that my pears were too ripe, or I didn't put in enough sugar, but it was very gushy, watery, and tasteless. I've liked all the other recipes from this book, so this was just a fluke.