Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Poached pears

I had read about this at premium restaurants but never tried it, so a couple of weeks ago, I finally decided to try it out. The dish certainly looks really pretty, no? And it's pretty simple if you ignore the long marination period (2 days). So while not a dessert to be thrown together for an impromptu evening, it's certainly one to be tried for a formal event.

2 pears - firm but sweet
Red wine - enough to immerse the two pears in
1 stick cinnamon
3-4 cloves
1 tbsp sugar (depending on sweetness of pears)
1 tsp lime juice
Vanilla icecream to serve, as an option

Skin the pears, leaving the stems on and marinate in a tall jar with enough wine so the pears are immersed. Turn them over after a few hours if you are placing them sideways. After 24 hours, take out the pears carefully, and put the wine on to heat at a simmer. Add the cinnamon and the cloves, the sugar and let it simmer for about 15 minutes before turning off the heat. Add the pears back and let it marinate for a further day in the fridge.

Serve on a plate, or - my preferred option - in a wine glass. If you like, you can place a bed of vanilla icecream in the glass before resting the pear on it. Feel free to drink up the spiced wine as is or heated up - mulled wine at its best!


Billigflüge said...

The pear looks delicious, it might be a good add-on to Christmas Dinner. Not to forget that winter is the time for mulled wine.

FoodTravelDiva said...

Interesting... I've been wanting to try this out too! I'm just stopping by to let you know about the Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest. I thought you might want to enter some of your recipes for a chance to be published in the book. Here's the link for more info: http://www.foodista.com/blogbook
Good luck!

bird's eye view said...

Billigfluge - it sounds perfect for christmas, dressed with a sprig of holly :)

FTD - thanks for the tip. I'd love to enter some of my recipes for the book