All about the pear…We are falling in love with poached pears these days. Pears have always been a favorite fall produce item and I love to just have them around. Their notes of cinnamon and clove are just fall as fall can be. A little sweet and spicy and just begging to star in a pie, tart, and so much more.
Here in Washington D.C fall is like an unexpected breath of fresh air. The air is cooler and less humid. Suddenly getting outside for a long walk is a fabulous idea and gardening becomes fun all over again. We are able to explore the neighborhood again and take a look around…
Plus we can take time for tea outside with the cool breeze and fall leaves. I have already started my fall knitting projects. How did I wind up ever buying so much yarn?
With the change of the seasons comes the proverbial changes to what we serve in the kitchen. One of our favorite fall produce items are pears. They are sweet, spicy, and just plain delicious. Even my husband loves them who is not known to consume much fruit. When mom suggested that we do Poached Pears In Wine Sauce but missing the usual amount of sugar I was more than game. After all, with beautiful sweet pears who needs ample amounts of sugar? Why not allow the fruit to do the talking and be a real crowd pleaser? That way everyone can enjoy them plus they are gluten and dairy free. Plus still tasty!
This recipe is easy enough to make for a weeknight dessert but pretty enough to make for company. If you love pears than make sure to give this one a try. This recipe is so colorful and fun. Possible December dessert idea?
Finally some interesting facts about the pear. The pear is one of the world’s oldest crops and was first cultivated in mass production by the Romans. http://usapears.org/history-of-pears/
Pears Poached in Wine
1 1/2 cups red wine
1 lemon, juiced
1 orange, quartered
Scant 3/4 cup sugar
1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1 cinnamon stick
5 whole cloves
4 pears, peeled with stems left on
Bring all ingredients except pears to boil in medium saucepan, stirring to ensure all sugar is dissolved. Add pears and simmer for 25 minutes, turning pears occasionally.
Remove pears to serving plate. Remove solids from mixture and cook liquid on medium high for 15-20 minutes, until syrup reduces to 1/3 of original volume. Drizzle syrup over pears and serve.
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