Red wine poached pears
|2 cup||wine — red|
|1/3 cup||castor sugar|
|2||cinnamon — stick|
|1||vanilla — pod, split, seeds scraped|
|4||pears — ripe, peeled|
Combine the liquid, sugar and spices in a saucepan and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add the pears and bring to the boil.
Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover with a cartouche. Poach gently until pears are tender, for about 1 hour.
Remove the pears. Bring the syrup to a boil and reduce until slightly thickened.
Pour over the pears and allow to cool before refrigerating.
TIPS and IDEAS:
-Experiment using different liquids such as white or sparkling wine, fruit juice, port or sweet wine, teas such as green, jasmine, earl grey etc.
-Vary the spices by adding cloves, cardamom, star anise, lemongrass or saffron
-Core the pears from the underside and pipe in flavoured mascarpone or mousse before serving.
-Add poached pears to baked puddings, layer into trifles, or serve with French toast or crumpets drizzled with honey for breakfast.