Saturday, May 14, 2011

Weekend Cooking: Poached Pears

Back in December last year I went for dinner at 15 which is a Jamie Oliver project (you can read my post about that experience here). For dessert I had a really beautiful poached peach and ever since then I have been waiting until it is a more suitable time for me to try poaching some fruit, in this case, pears. Now, with the cold weather setting in, it seemed like a really good time to try this recipe out, although it does turn out that the recipe suggests eating them cold!

As an aside, I always feel as though I have to add a disclaimer when I talk about it being cold here because the temperature where we think it is cold, is very different to what many of the other parts of the world consider cold!

I do remember trying to make poached pears many years ago now for some dinner guests who never turned up, and they were delicious, but I am not sure if this is the same recipe, but it sounds similar.

The boy and I are planning to make this tomorrow night. I am fully expecting him to help make it, but not try it so I could be eating this for a week.

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Spiced Red Wine Poached Pears (recipe from
  • 500ml (2 cups) dry red wine
  • 70g (1/3 cup) caster sugar
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 2 x 7cm cinnamon sticks
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
  • 4 just-ripe packham's triumph
  • pears, peeled
  • 1 x 250g ctn mascarpone
  • 2 tbs icing sugar mixture
  • 2 tsp rosewater

  1. Combine the wine, sugar, star anise, cinnamon and vanilla bean in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Add the pears and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, turning occasionally, for 1 hour or until pears are tender. Use a slotted spoon to transfer pears to a heatproof bowl.
  2. Increase heat to high and bring the syrup to the boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until syrup thickens slightly. Pour over the pears and set aside for 10 minutes to cool. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 4 hours to chill.
  3. Place the mascarpone, icing sugar and rosewater in a medium bowl and stir to combine.
  4. Transfer the pears to a serving dish and drizzle with syrup. Serve with rosewater mascarpone.
**You can use vanilla essence and rosewater essence if you desire.

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    1. Sounds lovely. I fancy pears with dark chocolate poured over.

    2. poached pears always look so lovely, so elegant...but I have never had one.

    3. I love poached pears -- such a great fall dessert. I've never had rosewater flavored mascarpone (at least not that I know of) -- sounds heavenly.

    4. I am sure they are lovely. And I like the rosewater mascarpone add-on.

    5. Fruit desserts are my favorites; combining fruit and dark chocolate is a double winner :)

    6. Poached pears are so lovely! I've tried the Jamie Oliver recipe a few times and it always turns out a success. This recipe looks absolutely delicious.

    7. They look like such an elegant and delicious dessert! My husband would flip for them, he loves pears!

    8. It is funny how we eat these around x-mas around here. So it is odd for me to find these in May.

    9. I have a friend who loves poached pears and I will definitely pass this recipe on to her.

    10. I don't think that I have ever tried poached fruit of any sort. Not something my mom would have spent the time with. It does sound intersting. Perhaps, someday....

    11. I have never been gutsy enough to try poaching pears. I love to order them if I see them on the menu. You make them sound do-able. I'll have to get past my fear and try them.

    12. I've never tried poaching pears (or any other fruit), but this doesn't sound too hard and it looks so elegant!

    13. What a gorgeous color! A perfect autumn dessert.



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