I like to get fancy with my cooking sometimes. One of my favorite desserts is poached pears. It’s not too sweet, savory, and delicate, yet bold. This is quite an easy recipe to make and not very time consuming. It looks impressive, tastes excellent, and is an easy way to make a simple dessert seem sumptuous. Perfect for a special occasion or when serving guests.
4 Pears, peeled, but leave the stems on
2 Cups of white wine
1 Cup of sugar
1/2 Tablespoon Cardamom
1 Vanilla bean (halved, split and seeded: so there are four pieces)
1 Pinch of saffron
1 Pinch of salt
Combine the wine, sugar, vanilla bean, cardamom, salt, and saffron. In a pot just large enough to hold the four pears. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Place the pears in the liquid, cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until tender.
When the pears are ready, remove with a ladle or large spoon (be gentle, they may be quite tender), place on a warm plate and cover with foil. Then, return the heat medium/high, stir frequently until the liquid becomes syrupy. Once the syrup to your liking, remove from the burner.
Scoop some vanilla ice cream into bowls, add a pear, spoon syrup over top. Then garnish with a section of vanilla bean, raspberry, and a sprig of mint.
Nothing. Except maybe use mascarpone instead of ice cream. This dish is practically perfect the way it is. You could always leave out the saffron as it is quite expensive. Although, I think the saffron is part of what make the dish so interesting and exciting.