Recipe: Red wine poached pears that would go perfectly with Christmas dinner 3 weeks ago

Recipe: Red wine poached pears that would go perfectly with Christmas dinner

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Poached pears in wine (or Poire à la Beaujolais) is a classic French dessert that will make for an elegant dessert to impress your guests over the festive period.

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The fruit’s natural sweetness is enhanced by combining the peeled pears with wine and a bouquet of spices.

It's the perfect after Christmas dinner treat, and if you'd like to give it a try yourself here is a practical and delish recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large pears
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 2 star anise pods
  • ½ vanilla pod, cut lengthwise in half
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 lemon, peeled & juiced
  • 1 orange, peeled & juiced
  • 100 grams caster sugar
  • 500 ml of fruity red wine (Cabernet or Merlot)
  • 80ml Crème de Cassis

Method:

1. Peel the pears carefully, keeping the stem intact. Cut slightly off the bottom of the pear so they stand beautifully. Place into a saucepan.

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2. Add the wine, cassis, sugar, spices, citrus peel and juice and add enough water to cover the pears. Place a piece of parchment paper on top and simmer slowly until pears are tender & soft, about 15 minutes.

3. Carefully remove pears from the poaching wine and place onto a plate. Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve and return to the pot and simmer until the syrup reduces enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.

4. To serve arrange pears onto a beautiful platter, drizzle over the delicious syrup, and some vanilla infused crème fraiche and a fine grating of fresh orange zest.