Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Perfect Poached Pear

Isn't she stunning?

A beautiful Bosc pear peeled and lovingly submerged in a sea of red wine, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, black peppercorns and vanilla beans in an effort to be transformed into a blushing, drunken pear.

Why take a perfectly good pear and soak it in red wine? Why not? Poaching a pear is a brilliant, yet simple way to dress up the everyday fruit and turn it into an elegant dessert. This is the perfect way to top off a meal when you or your guests do not wish to indulge in the more decadent desserts; such as chocolate mousse, strawberry cheesecake, or cherry pie.

We must insist you serve this Cinderella pear with freshly whipped cream, because it is the perfect compliment to it.

This is one of the easiest elegant desserts you'll ever make, you'll see.....

Poached Pears with Fresh Whipped Cream

One Bottle Dry Red Wine
One Cup Sugar
1/2 Vanilla Bean, seeds scraped and saved
One Cinnamon Stick
1/2 Teaspoon Black Peppercorns
One Bay Leaf
6 Bosc Pears

Place everything but pears in a pot, bring to a boil and then let simmer for 10 minutes. Place pears in liquid; add enough water to cover pears. Place smaller lid over pears to hold them down if they float to the surface. Bring the liquid back to a bare simmer and cook pears until the can be easily pierced with the tip of a paring knife; roughly 20-30 minutes. Remove from heat. Cool pears and store them in the liquid until ready to serve. They can be kept in fridge for up to three days.

Serve each pear with freshly whipped cream, of course!


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