Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Pears poached in red wine...
Been meaning to try this out since eons!! Was making this for the 1st time & so made them with only 1 pear.
To serve 2 plates, you need:
2 glasses of red wine(I used some home-made red wine) - basically, u should have enough to cover the pears. So if you use a larger pan, you would need more wine.
A stick of cinnamon
1 or 2 Star Anise
1tbsp Lemon/orange zest
Sugar - was more of a hit & trail method till i felt that it tasted right
Slice the pears in half - lengthwise & scoop out the seeds. I left the peel on & by the time the dish was done, the peel slid off easily. You could peel them before poaching. Pour the wine into a pan & drop the spices, zest & the sugar. Bring to a boil.Lower the flame,drop the pears in & simmer for 25-30min or until they are tender when pierced with a skewer. They may need 5 to 10 minutes longer if they are not ripe. Leave the fruit to cool completely in the poaching liquid. Refrigerate the pears along with the liquid for a few hours. The longer you soak them, the better the color. Scoop the pear with a slotted spoon,drizzle a bit of the syrupy juice & serve with whipped cream. :)