Thursday, February 21, 2013

Poached Pears

The other night we had poached pears.
I have this recipe, from Yvette Van Boven, that I have used before that is oh so yummy!
You should try it.

Her recipe uses red wine, which makes a thick sweet syrup when it boils down. Her recipe calls for brie to be served with it, however, that might make a bit too rich. I would recommend trying it without the brie, or perhaps on ice cream. We had just the poached pears with a few chocolate chips on top (the hot pears and syrup melt the chocolate).
Here is her picture....
One wouldn't necessarily think of red wine, but seriously, it is delicious. If you are not at all into red wine, you can use white, though it isn't as rich (I tried it). And, if you are not at all into wine in the least (remember the alcohol cooks off), then you can use apple cider or pear cider, just be sure it is pure juice with no added sugar as you will be adding sugar to make it get thick.
Here is our little dessert. We had only half a pear each as it is rich....
Her recipe is a follows:

1 bottle of red wine (use a good wine you want to drink)
1 1/4 cups sugar
4 cloves
3 star anise
6-8 cardamom pods
2 cinnamon sticks
4 pears, peeled, halved ( we used Bosc, she recommends Comice)

In a large saucepan, over med low heat, combine red wine, sugar, cloves, star anise, cardamom, and cinnamon sticks. Add the pears and poach them until they are soft but hold their shape. Take the pears out of the wine, and set aside.
Continue boiling the cooking liquid until it's reduced by half. (Be careful here, use a deep Pan, and stay with it, I had it boil over and that is dangerous). This will be a thick liquid that gets thicker as it sits.

For more of her recipes and this one in greater detail, you should get her book, Homemade Winter.
I have enjoyed her book greatly...it makes for good reading as well as great recipes that are really good. They are as she puts it, French with Irish roots....(she lives in France, but grew up in Ireland).

I hope you try it and let me know what you think.
Try it soon, Pears will be out of season soon.....
Nancy



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