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Fabulous! But here are my changes. I had everything in my pantry (I was amazed) except curry powder so I left that out, although I was upset to find out my pears had corn syrup on them (grr), so I used fresh instead. It takes longer than 10 minutes to cook the onions until golden, and I did more of a deep golden for more flavor. I did not use milk, I used more chicken stock in place of the milk. We served it with a fresh fruit salad, fresh homemade rolls and a good ham. The saltiness of the ham went perfect with the sweet soup. My mother and I agreed that milk would have made it too desserty. Although I may try it with coconut milk. We didn't use milk at first due to allergy, but loved it without it anyway! Thanks!

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razzintaz November 02, 2008

Very tasty! I'd never thought of putting pears in a soup, but it really works. I used fresh pears instead of tinned, and used extra vegetable stock instead of milk. Great recipe!

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Kitzy November 20, 2007

I made a few changes too, I didn't use the crystalized ginger as i didn't have any. I used pears in natural juices and coconut milk it was fantasti!! Creamy spicy and delicious!!! Thank You!

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Tulip-Fairy January 28, 2006

Made this soup last night - I doubled the quantities. Would use less brown sugar next time and I also used more stock (to cover the vegetables completely) and added 250ml of light coconut milk (not the milk) - it was sensational. Must be followed by very plain meal as this is so full of flavour. Thanx Rita - great recipe.

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Wendy's Kitchen October 21, 2005

First Course of "Toolie's Designer Thanksgiving Menu A lovely creamy soup, Rita, prepared as first course of my "Designer Thanksgiving Dinner". Rita, you do not peel your squash prior to processing; I did peel the butternut and followed your recipe exactly with excellent results. I used chicken broth which is something I keep in readiness at all times, stored in the chest freezer. My mother taught me to be ready for anything; ("boil your bones", she would say); I am glad she did, Rita. A really simple procedure to produce a great flavour in keeping with the Thanksgiving season. It was a pleasure to feature your Butternut Pear Soup Rita; thank you.

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TOOLBELT DIVA October 12, 2005

I didn't have crystalized ginger, I used fresh instead of the powdered...and chopped some fresh sage OH my goodness the results are fabulous! (I was cleaning out my Asian supplies and fried up a couple of left over egg roll wrappers to top off soup! Thank you for the recipe!

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katie in the UP September 23, 2005

This soup was delicious! I made a couple modifications, used coconut milk instead of milk and oil instead of butter, to make it vegan. I also didn't add the brown sugar or the pear syrup.

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Shana Z March 06, 2005

This is rich and smooth. The flavor is excellent - you can really taste the spices in this. I chose to leave off the skin and added the crystallized ginger as a garish atop the individual servings, rather than adding it directly to the pot. Rather lowfat, but you'd never know it by the rich taste. Also, the pears give this a sweetness and body without tasting too "peary."

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HeatherFeather November 07, 2004
Butternut Pear Soup