Poached pear with dark chocolate

Pears poached in wine

Orange zest adds a zing to this treat of soft pears drizzled with chocolate and crunchy nuts

By , 24 September 2019

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Pears poached in wine
  • 35 Mins

  • Serves: 4

Nutritional Info
Each 264g serving contains
  • Energy

    1856KJ

    444KCAL

    22%
  • Fat

    21.9g

    high

    31%
  • Saturates

    11.1g

    high

    56%
  • Sugars

    47.5g

    high

    53%
  • Salt

    0.03g

    low

    1%
of your reference intake.
Typical energy values per 100g: 703kJ/168kcal.
Ingredients
  • 750ml bottle white wine, such as Riesling
  • 100g demerara sugar
  • Zest 1 orange
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1tbsp vanilla bean paste
  • 4 pears, peeled and cored from the base, but left whole
  • 100g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 75ml double cream
  • 40g pistachios, chopped
Method
  • Put the wine into a deep pan with the sugar, zest, cinnamon and vanilla. Add the pears and top up with about 100ml water until the pears are covered.

  • Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 20-25 mins until tender. Remove the pears from the poaching liquid and set aside.

  • Heat the chocolate in the microwave in 30 sec bursts until melted; stir in the cream until smooth. Serve the pears warm or cold in a little of the syrup, topped with the chocolate sauce and pistachios.