For a rich, winter indulgence, try Poached Pears with Chocolate-Pear Sauce. Melting the chocolate in the pear poaching liquid makes an instant sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pear nectar
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 slightly under-ripe pears, peeled, halved, cored
  • 4 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • pinch of ground cinnamon
  • vanilla ice cream
  • Chopped nuts (optional topping)

Recipes

  1. Stir pear nectar, wine, and sugar in a heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves and syrup comes to a boil. Add pears to syrup in saucepan. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until pears are tender, about 8 minutes.
  2. Using a slotted spoon, transfer pears to a plate. Increase heat to medium-high and boil poaching liquid until reduced to ¾ cup, about 8 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Add chocolate, whisking until chocolate melts and sauce is smooth.
  3. Place 1 warm pear half, cut side up, on each dessert plate or bowl. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzle with warm chocolate sauce. (To make ahead, cover poached pears and chocolate sauce separately, and refrigerate up to 2 days; then serve pears cold with ice cream and sauce, rewarming sauce if desired.) Makes 8 servings.

Source: Bon Appetit

Barbara Walch

Barbara Walch joined the staff of Plano Profile in August 1986 and currently serves as Food Editor and Associate Publisher, Community Relations. In addition to writing Dining In, a monthly food feature,...