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POACHED PEARS

The wonderful aroma alone is enough to put a smile on every guest's face!  

Main Ingredients:

  • 4-6 pears, one per person

  • 1 to 2 bottles of red wine (see cooking directions)

  • 1 stick of cinnamon

  • 7 whole cloves

  • 1 crushed nutmeg (not grated)

  • 1 large orange sliced into six segments - no need to peel

  • 1 star anis

  • 15 g fresh ginger

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

For the chocolate sauce
 

  • 125g dark chocolate

  • 200 ml single cream

  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar

  • 1 crushed nutmeg (not grated)

  • 25g butter

  • 1 tablespoon of orange liqueur

Cooking Directions

STEP 1

  • Remove the skin from the pears, leave the stalks uncut. 

  • Slice the orange into six segments, retaining the skin

  • Place all the main ingredients in a large pan. Gently bring to the boil, and then place on low heat to simmer - use enough red wine to ensure the pears are submerged entirely to absorb the liquid and simmer for about 25 minutes - they will change colour.  

 

STEP 2

  • The chocolate sauce - make it (or re-heat) when the pears are nearly cooked 

  • Break up or cut up the chocolate into small pieces - if you prefer melt it in glass bowl over boiling water

  • Warm the cream till it bubbles, then add all the remaining ingredients, except the liqueur

  • Stir till silky smooth then add the liqueur just before serving

STEP 3

  • Drizzle the chocolate sauce on each serving plate then stand a single pear upright on the plate and serve.     

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