Pears in red wine

Recipe from: 4/1/2006 12:00:00 AM

Ingredients 12
Servings 6
Time 15


  • 6
    pears: small firm pears, peeled but stalks left intact
  • 500
    red wine
  • 250
    white sugar
  • 10
    strip of lemon peel
  • 1
    whole piece stick cinnamon
  • 3
    whole cloves
  • 5
  • 250
    yoghurt cream: cream, chilled
  • 15
    icing sugar
  • 15
    vanilla essence
  • 250
    plain yoghurt
  • 20
    fresh mint to decorate


Pears: Core the pears using a sharp knife or vegetable peeler.
Heat the wine, sugar, peel, cinnamon and cloves, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
Bring to the boil and place the pears in the boiling syrup.
Reduce the heat slightly and simmer for 30-40 minutes or until the pears are done.
Remove the pears and spices with a slotted spoon and set the pears aside.
Blend the cornflour with a little water and stir into the syrup.
Heat until done and gloss and pour over the pears.
Leave to cool.

Yoghurt cream: Just before serving whip the cream until stiff and fold in the icing sugar and vanilla essence.
Stir in the yoghurt and spoon a little of the mixture into each serving bowl or glass.
Place the pear on top and spoon a little of the syrup over.
(Heat gently if it has become too thick.)
Decorate with fresh mint leaves and serve.


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