PEARS IN RED WINE
Ingredients: 1 bottle strong, good red wine, best shyraz 1 branch of cinnamon 4 cloves 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg powder 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder 8 whole black pepper corns 200g very fine sugar Zest of 1/2 medium size orange Zest of 1/2 medium size lemon 8 hard ripe pears, with the stem on
How to do:
Use a cooking pan where you can place easily
The 8 pears upright.
Place the red wine and all ingredients into the pot.
Peel the pears nicely from stem to the flower point,
Leave the stems on.
Place the pears stem up into the pot, (you can cut the
Flower side a bit flat to give the pears a good stand).
Bring the whole mixture to the boil, the simmer on low
Heat with lid on for about 30 minutes,
Till the pears are soft.
Take out the pears, very careful, with a skimmer and
Place onto desert dishes. They'll stay warm 15-20 minutes.
Increase heat and cook the wine mixture down to
About 50%, till a sirup consistency. Drain through a
Sieve and poor juice over the pears.
Serve warm or cold.
Mascarpone cream mixed 50:50 with
Fresh whipped cream and a bit of vanilla essence goes
Very well with this delicious desert.
Decorate with a mint leave.
Or just use vanilla ice cream
And decorate with crushed pistachios.
Accomplish with a glass of Port or sweet Sherry and you
Have a five star desert.