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{Easy} Wine Poached Pears

Boy oh boy do I apologize for my absence! These past couple of days/weeks have been crazy!!!!! To start off, we moved! I now live in a one bedroom apartment with my boyfriend which is turning out to be amazing despite the fact that we don’t have living room furniture. Our couch is  made up of a pile of comforters and blankets — quite comfy though. We’ve had to deal with having no internet for our first week and a half in the new place and I started a full time school schedule again so it feels like I haven’t had time to do ANYTHING! I’ve fallen asleep every night to the sound of the TV at about 8 pm. Is this what being 24 looks like?? I need to get out more.

{Easy} Wine Poached Pears

Being so busy had meant that I haven’t really had a chance to cook anything of particular interest. We’ve resorted a lot to breakfast foods because it’s easy and cheap. Not complaining though — who doesn’t like breakfast for dinner? However, I am trying to think of new and special recipes to spoil my boyfriend and soon to be house guests with.

{Easy} Wine Poached Pears

I love pears, but I can’t seem to wait long enough for them to ripen. When you cook them in wine though they get really soft and tasty! If you haven’t tried poached pears yet then you definitely have to. You end up cooking a lot of the alcohol off and reducing it into a sweet cinnamon like syrup which is unbelievably good over ice cream. Not to mention, you throw everything in a large pot/pan and let it cook. Your house will smell AMAZING! If you have having a dinner party, definitely share this super easy recipe with your guests.

{Easy} Wine Poached Pears

Easy Wine Poached Pears

Ingredients:

6 Anjou pears – cut lengthwise and cored
1 bottle shiraz/cabernet red wine
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1. In a small bowl, mix the honey with the spices — add a little bit of wine to loosen
2. In a large pan, dump the whole bottle of wine and set on the heat. Once warm, whisk in the honey mixture until fully incorporated. Add the pears (face down or up) and bring wine to a simmer. Let simmer for about 15 minutes, then turn pears over and continue to simmer for another 15 minutes
3. Remove the pears from the wine and place in a baking dish
4. Bring wine to a simmer and reduce by about 1/2 – you are creating a syrup with the remaining wine. Once it has reduced by 1/2, take off heat and place wine mixture into a bowl. Let it sit until cool – you will notice it getting syrupy.
5. Place pears, covered, in a 300 degree oven for about 20 minutes before serving. Top with vanilla ice cream and wine syrup!

 

{Easy} Wine Poached Pears

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