not your average poached pear
November 10, 2011 § 3 Comments
Not your average poached pear – well, average in that everyone does them, but not so average in that this one is particularly good. Coming from a friends mother, you can tell this recipe is from a gourmet trend passed not quite long enough ago to be trendy in a retro way. But over done and ‘so last decade’ is half the charm. Its sweet and intense, simple but very good. These pears come poached in a thick and syrupy red wine sauce with a gentle taste of star anise. This is also a recipe I served at friendly beaches lodge.
Recipe for Red Wine Poached Pears with Star Anise
6 firm pears
40 g butter
2 cups red wine
1 cup brown sugar or honey
4-6 star anise
Peel the pears and cut their bottom flat so they will stand upright when served. Heat the butter in a medium sized saucepan (you want a saucepan that the pears will sit in snug), and lightly brown the pears in the butter. Add the red wine, sugar and star anise and bring to the boil. Simmer with the lid on for abut 45 minutes or until the pears are soft and cooked through. During this time you should turn the pears and spoon over the sauce to keep them moist on all sides. Finally, remove the lid and simmer until the sauce reduces and turns syrupy. Serve with cream.
And there you have it, not so average red wine poached pears with star anise.
Love the addition of the star anise…I can also taste this recipe with a sauterne in place of the red wine…the star anise would prevent it being too sickly sweet.
Great recipe xx
Yes, I think your right, the star anise lightens the sweetness. Using honey instead of sugar is good for that too. Thank you! xx
Sophie, what a gorgeous recipe. Funny that food goes through fashions. Madness, really.