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Poached pears in spiced red wine

Poached pears in spiced red wine

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
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  • Easy
  • Serves 6

A completely fat-free pud that isn't boring. It's not just Good Food, it's genius

  • Easily doubled
  • Easily halved
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: per serving
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal235
fat0g
saturates0g
carbs51g
sugars51g
fibre2g
protein0g
low insalt0.3g
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Ingredients

  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick, halved
  • fresh thyme sprig, plus sprigs to seve
  • 6 pears, peeled, but kept whole with stalk intact

Method

  • STEP 1

    Halve the vanilla pod lengthways, scrape out the black seeds and put in a large saucepan with the wine, sugar, cinnamon and thyme. Cut each piece of pod into three long thin strips, add to pan, then lower in the pears.

  • STEP 2

    Poach the pears, covered, for 20-30 mins, making sure they are covered in the wine. The cooking time will very much depend on the ripeness of your pears – they should be tender all the way through when pierced with a cocktail stick. You can make these up to 2 days ahead and chill.

  • STEP 3

    Take the pears from the pan, then boil the liquid to reduce it by half so that it’s syrupy. Serve each pear with the cooled syrup, a strip of vanilla, a piece of cinnamon and a small thyme sprig.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2008

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