A couple of years ago I had poached pears with ice cream, and it was so good! Since we had pears and a little wine left in the fridge, I thought I’d try it out. It came out pretty good- the only hard part was not overcooking the pears. I like them a little crunchy, so you can cook them longer if you want them soft. Also, I didn’t have ice creams, so I had to do without, but the white wine sauce on top made up for it. Another nice thing with this recipe is that it makes the house smell nice!
Ingredients2 cups white wine
1/2 cup water 1/2 cup sugar 1 cinnamon stick 1 whole clove 1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp vanilla 1 star anise 1 green cardamom pod, split open 2 pears (I used Bosc) 8 walnut halves (optional)
1. Peel, core, and cut the pears into quarters.
2. In a small saucepan, mix everything except the pears and walnuts. Heat on med-high until the sugar dissolves, then turn down the heat to med so that it’s simmering.
3. Add the pears and simmer until pears are barely done (~15 min, if you insert a knife it should go in easily). Remove the pears from the pan.
4. Add the walnuts and continue to simmer the wine mixture for another 20-30 mins until only half remains. Keep in mind that the more you burn off, the sweeter the wine sauce will be.
5. Serving ideas: Place a pear quarter in a small bowl with 2 walnuts and drizzle the warm wine sauce on top. You can also serve it at room temperature with vanilla ice cream. The only way I didn’t enjoy it too much is when it’s cold (as in straight from the fridge)- other than that, have fun with it!