Poached Pear-ables.

May 10, 2013

Poached Pears 012Juicy couture. Or something.

I took a cooking class in Valparaiso, Chile, where we poached pears in red wine and spices that hugged me all cozy-like just as mulled wine in the winter does. Although I had heard about poaching fruit, I had never actually tried it before myself. It was a true revelation; classy and delicious.

Since alcohol isn’t always an appropriate option here, I thought I’d give pear poaching a second go with something a bit more innocuous. Like apple juice. I mean, even babies drink apple juice. Glug glug.

Anyway. The finished product emerged like a dream, and as an added bonus, my house filled with wondrous smells of Christmastime and snowfall. Which is obviously totally appropriate in May (bring on the cold weather already, Paraguay!).

Apple cinnamon poached pears are a great option for a no-fuss but fancy-looking dessert. Stash this one away for your December dinner parties.

Or Friday morning mission meetings.

Apple Cinnamon Poached Pears
Inspired by marthastewart.com
Serves 8

8 ripe but firm pears, peeled
4 cups of apple juice (I used a Frugos brand that tends to be thicker in consistency)
1-2 cups of water
1/2 cup of sugar
5 cinnamon sticks
5 whole cloves
1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

Slightly slice the pears on the bottom so they will stand nicely on your serving platter afterwards.

Combine the apple juice, water, sugar, and spices in a large pot. Add the peeled pears and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the pears are soft to the piercing but not disintegrating (tip: poke from the bottom so you don’t mar the surface of your fruit). Remove from heat.

Pour half of the liquid into a small saucepan without the whole spices, and simmer until the sauce reduces down into a deliciously thickened glaze. Leave the pears in the remainder of the liquid to continue absorbing the spicy flavors.

When ready to serve, remove the pears onto a plate, drizzle with glaze, and accompany with a dollop of fresh whipped cream. Serve warm or cold.

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4 Responses to “Poached Pear-ables.”

  1. Casey Says:

    Looks good :)

  2. oiyoufood Says:

    Very pretty pud.

  3. These look beautiful. I’m living in Valparaiso and would love to take a cooking class – where did you take it? Any info appreciated…..

  4. brougherbunch Says:

    They were scrumptiously yummy!! :)

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