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Monday, October 4, 2010

Wine Poached Pears

Tasty or not?

Bought a few beautiful looking pears the other day, but upon tasting one found they were just that - beautiful looking but not tasty. What to do? Throw them out or try to improve the taste. Well the frugalness in me took over and I decided to poach them.

First I looked for a mid to low priced wine in our larder. There wasn't much there that qualified. Then I noticed a bottle I've had for years. Nine to be exact. It was given as a thank you gift for putting in a slew of hours on a project by a former co-worker. As you can see, not a great wine but I figured it should be somewhat sweet which would be a plus.

After a quick taste, though it was not sweet as anticipated I thought it may work. What did I have to lose?

I added honey to add more sweetness, ground cinnamon as I didn't have any sticks, and a few whole cloves. The pears and sauce smelled amazing as it cooked.

A beautiful pair of desserts, pears a nice golden color with a rich looking sauce.

The verdict? Beautiful looking dessert but not all that tasty. I will definitely make again, however, I will use better tasting pears, better wine, stick cinnamon, a little vanilla, and perhaps a dollop of freshly whipped cream.