Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Poached Pears in Mulled Wine

A really simple and delicious Christmas inspired dish, which fills your home with warm spices and fragrant smells. I can be hit and miss with pears, but I love how juicy and succulent the pears are soaked in the mulled wine. What's more, they make a great low fat dessert and are incredibly easier to make. My photos do not do this dish justice, but go beyond that and you will discover a wonderful Winter delight.

Makes 2 jars
1 lemon, halved
4 pears

For the mulled wine
grated zest and juice of 1 orange
grated zest and juice of 1 lime
225g caster sugar
6 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
3 bay leaves
1 whole nutmeg, grated
1 vanilla pod
1 bottle red wine

You will need
2 sterilised Kiner jars

Put all the mulled wine ingredients into a pan, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes until the sugar has dissolved.
Meanwhile, squeeze the halved lemons into a bowl of cold water. Peel the pears and, as you peel each one, place in straight into the bowl of lemon water.
Add the pears to the simmering wine and then remove the pan from the heat. Take a large sheet of greaseproof paper, scrunch it up and press on to the pears to keep them submerged. Cover the pan with a lid and leave for 1 - 1/2 hours until tender.
Remove the pears from the liquid and set aside. Bring the wine to the boil and then boil vigorously for 10-12 minutes until the liquid reduced by one-third and is syrupy. Strain the liquid. Place the pear into sterilised jars, pour over the liquid and seal.


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