Red Wine Poached Pears

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Red wine poached pears are a wonderfully elegant dessert to serve to company and are crazy easy to make.

Planning a romantic dinner for two or entertaining a group? This is your dessert. They can be made in advance so all of your attention can be focused on your guests.



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– orange peel  – cinnamon sticks – cardamom pods, – whole cloves – gingerroot – red wine – ight brown sugar – emon, juiced – orange juiced – pears firm and ripe – vanilla ice cream 

Step 1

Lay out a piece of cheesecloth and place the orange peel, cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, cloves, and gingerroot in the center.

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Step 2

Combine wine, brown sugar, lemon juice, and orange juice in a large pot, sitr well, then add the cheesecloth bundle.

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Step 3

Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer over low heat.

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Step 4

While the poaching liquid heats, peel the pears, leaving their stems intact, and take a small slice off the bottom of each pear so the bottom is flat.

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Step 5

Place pears in the poaching liquid so they are fully submerged, cover the pot, and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until a pear can be easily pierced with a knife.

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Step 6

Remove pears and refrigerate, increase the heat to high, and reduce the liquid by one half.

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Step 7

To serve, place each pear on a plate with a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of the reduced poaching liquid.

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Step 8

Pears can be made a day in advance. They can also be served warm if you prefer.

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