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Thursday, 5 January 2012

Recipe of the week - 5th January 2012

Poached Pears

Such a simple, yet delicious desert. Perfect for a dinner party where the main and starter are a little heavy and time consuming to make. These pears will make a simple and light alternative.

Serves 4


4 pears
1 bottle of red wine (don't bother buying an expensive bottle here, having tried both budget and expensive versions the end result really makes no difference)
200g sugar
1 cinnamon stick
2 cloves


1. Begin by peeling the pears, leaving in the stick and keeping the pears whole.
2. Add all of the ingredients to a large saucepan and simmer gently for 30 minutes (or until the pears are tender).
3. Remove the pears and reduce the cooking liquor by half (keep an eye on it to ensure that it does not reduce too much and leave you with a sticky mess on the bottom of the pan).
4. Serve the pears with a generous lashing of sauce. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or short bread biscuit (purely optional and not at all necessary. This dessert is delicious by itself!)

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