Chardonnay Poached Pears and a Slow Cooked Christmas
Christmas cooking doesn’t have to be rich and heavy, full of sugar and fat. I love a lush sugary treat but sometimes it’s also nice to have a lighter fruity dessert like these poached pears. The recipe, and the wine, were supplied by Eisberg wines and I’ve replicated the recipe in it’s original form below. However, I used my Slow Cooker to poach the pears instead of a pan on the stove. I’ve added the slow cooker instructions below the stove recipe. I would also recommend removing the core of the pear from the base which is not mentioned in the original recipe.
I stopped drinking alcohol for ‘Stoptober’ and carried on into November, I did have one glass of wine when I was out for dinner recently, but really didn’t want any more. I’m definitely on the look out for alternatives to wine, but I’m afraid this one didn’t do it for me. I’m not a huge fan of Chardonnay and found that this non-alcoholic version was not dry enough for me, however it was very good in the recipe.
Eisberg Chardonnay Poached Pears
time: Approx. 10 minutes
time: 30 minutes
whole vanilla pod, split almost all the way lengthways
orange, zest and juice
the orange mascarpone:
little orange zest and juice
a saucepan in which the pears will sit neatly with their stalks up and without
too much room around them. Peel the pears but keep the stalks attached and set
the Eisberg alcohol-free wine into the pan and add the honey, vanilla pod and
cinnamon stick. Using a vegetable peeler, peel most of the zest into the pan,
then remove the rest using a zester or grater and set aside for the mascarpone.
most of the juice from the orange into the pan but keep 2 teaspoons for the
mascarpone. Turn on the heat and stir gently until the honey has dissolved then
add the pears. Simmer very gently for 15-20 minutes until the pears are tender
then remove them onto a plate.
up the heat to high and boil the liquid until reduced and thickened to a glossy
syrup, which will take about 10 minutes.
place the mascarpone into a small bowl and stir in the reserved orange zest and
juice with the icing sugar.
the pears with extra syrup poured over and a dollop of orange mascarpone on the
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