Poached Pears for Christmas
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This dessert will impress any guest
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Serves: 8
  • 4 Bosc pears, peel and set aside. Discard the skin
  • 4 cups dry red wine
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 orange
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/ 2 coarsely chopped unsalted pistachios, optional
  1. Peel the orange and place the skin in a medium stainless steel saucepan. Eat the orange or safe for another use.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the pears, to the saucepan. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat. Place the pears in the pan and simmer for 10 minutes. Gently turn the pears to make sure the wine cover all sides and the pears colored evenly. Continue to cook for another 10 minutes.
  4. Gently remove the pears from the pan and place on a plate to cool. Continue to simmer the wine sauce until it reduces to half its volume and it has the feeling of sticky syrup.
  5. Cut the pears lengthwise and place them cut side down on shallow serving platter, I prefer white platter in order to show off the color of the pears,.
  6. Discard the orange skin and then pour the wine sauce over and around the pears. Chill for a couple of hours before serving. Sprinkle with the pistachio and serve.
Recipe by Sanaa Cooks at http://sanaacooks.com/2015/12/poached-pears-for-christmas/