"She lifted the cover and perfumes from the land of spices rolled up. In one end of the basket lay ten enormous sugar cakes the tops of which had been liberally dotted with circles cut from stick candy. The candy had melted in baking and made small transparent wells of waxy sweetness and in the center of each cake was a fat turtle made from a raisin with cloves for head and feet. The remainder of the basket was filled with big spiced pears that could be held by their stems while they were eaten. The girls shrieked and attacked the cookies, and of all the treats Elnora offered perhaps none was quite so long remembered as that."
—A Girl of the Limberlost, Gene Stratton-Porter
Taking inspiration from my Food from Books Pinterest board, I made some spiced pears this week, using leftover syrup and pears from my canning session, and this recipe as inspiration. I didn't have the exact spices called for, but I used a cinnamon stick, some whole cloves, some vanilla extract, and a sprinkle of nutmeg.
I have loved A Girl of the Limberlost ever since I received a copy of it for my twelfth birthday. I'm currently listening to the free audio version from LibriVox.