Poached Pears in Red Wine
|Preparation Time||:||70 Min|
This savory Poached Pears in Red Wine recipe is a perfect dessert option for cold winter nights or as an elegant, "fancy" brunch dish. The recipe maximizes the pear's natural sweetness, combining it with a fruit-forward red wine and highlighting both with a touch of cinnamon and vanilla. Truly decadent!
Carefully peel the pears, leaving the stalks intact. Cut a straight slice off the bottom of the pears so that they can stand upright easily. Tightly pack them into a large pot. They should fit snugly. Pour the wine to the tops of the pears. Add cloves, cinnamon sticks, sugar, zest, nutmeg and food coloring. Bring to the boil and then reduce heat to a gentle simmer for 1 hour, or until soft but not mushy. Remove the poached pears carefully using a spoon -- do not lift by the stalks.
serve with either marscapone, crème fraiche or Devonshire cream.