Episode 10. Valentine’s Day Poached Pears
In honor of Valentine’s Day (and all the requests we’re getting) here is a gorgeous healthy dessert easy enough for us guys to do. I’ve done this before but this time I added a little twist with grated chocolate and mint. I encourage you to put your own twists on our recipes–remember, every recipe is adaptable so you can create something new every time!
4 Bosc pears, in season from mid-September through April or May.
2 cups Prosecco*
2 cups Orange Juice
5 whole cloves
2 medium cinnamon sticks
dark chocolate – for garnish
fresh mint – chiffonade
*NOTE: If you’re not an alleged “cheap bugger” like myself, you can use any champagne or sparkling wine. My opinion is that cooking wines don’t need to be expensive–they just need to make the dish taste good!
Peel and core the pears, leaving the stems intact. Trim the bottom of each so the pears will stand up in your pot.
Mix all the other ingredients together and pour over pears in your pot. Bring to a boil. Once boiling reduce heat to a simmer, partially cover and cook for 1 hour or until the pears are nice ‘n’ tender.
TIP: Make these a day ahead and let them cool in the poaching liquid. Once cooled to room temp, refrigerate. This way the flavor will soak into the pears and make them even sweeter.
To Reheat: (Optional)
Place the pears and poaching liquid in a saucepan and gently bring to a simmer. Heat for 15-20 minutes or until pears are warm.
Alternatively, if you decide to make them on the day of, no problem. Follow above directions and serve warm with some vanilla ice cream.
Discard any cloves and garnish with some fresh mint, grated chocolate and a drizzle of poaching liquid.
Pair with Vida Organica’s Sparkling Chardonnay (about 12 bucks says the cheap bugger) or your favourite Champagne and you should be in business!
Cheers to the Gavan Guarantee!
All recipes are made with the finest quality farmers’ market whole foods, natural and non-processed ingredients as much as possible.