Poached Winter Pears: The Perfect Dinner Party Dessert
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Poached Winter Pears: The Perfect Dinner Party Dessert

Poached pears still reign as one of the easiest, most delicious desserts that tastes as luscious as they look.

[caption id="attachment_2704" align="aligncenter" width="631"]Image via The Guardian Image via The Guardian[/caption] Poached pears, so elegant and refined, are also our idea of a party trick. They feel fancy but are the dinner hostess' dream dessert. They cook ahead of time and hold perfectly in the fridge until they are wanted. And while they are cooking they perfume the house so sweetly. What more could you want in a winter pud!? What we also love about poached pears is that the flavour base is really up to you – you can poach in juice or wine, and add any flavours you like, along with some sugar or honey to sweeten it up. For example, try orange juice with honey and ginger. Serve with mascarpone or creme fraiche, or coconut yoghurt for a great dairy free option! The perfect poached pears really do exist, and here's our favourite (and easy!) recipe, courtesy of The Guardian.

The Perfect Poached Pears

(serves 4) 1 x 750ml bottle of soft, fruity red wine 125g granulated sugar 2 cloves 1 stick of cinnamon 1 strip of lemon zest 1 vanilla pod, split (optional) 4 hard, squat pears, preferably comice or williams Creme de cassis or lemon juice to taste Heat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Put the wine in a pan with the sugar, spices and zest and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Meanwhile, peel the pears and cut out the core at the base, but leave the stalk intact. Find an ovenproof dish just wide enough to hold the pears in one layer and lay them in there. Pour the spiced wine over the top - it should just cover the fruit - and cover. Bake for about an hour, checking after 45 minutes; once the fruit is tender to the point of a knife, but still holds its shape, lift it out of the liquid and set aside. Pour the liquid back into the saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce by about half until syrupy, then taste and pour in the creme de cassis or add lemon juice to taste (if the latter, you may wish to add a little sugar too). Pour the sauce back on to the pears and serve warm or cool with your side of choice... It's that easy! Will you be trying out this winter dessert recipe on any of your dinner party guests? Let us know in the comment section below! [caption id="attachment_2705" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Image via The Guardian Image via The Guardian[/caption]
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