I adore holidays, especially the ones which revolve around food like Thanksgiving, Diwali, and Christmas. A day focused primarily on eating to your heart’s content, what’s there not to love? My only contention being that by the time dessert rolls around, I find myself waddling like a stuffed duck, unable to appreciate even the most decadent dessert.
Be it breakfast, brunch, dinner, or dessert, each week #spicychat will share recipes which have become are a MUST on our holiday table. These are tried, tested, re-invented, and loved by all. The second dessert that I am sharing for 2012 #SpicyChat Holiday Series is not only classy but healthy too.
While growing up, no meal was complete without munching on some fresh, ripe, and sweet seasonal fruit. For every day living, it’s a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth. But for those special dinners, my #spicychat twist on Poached Pears is a light dessert that is not only healthy but elegant, befitting of your most elaborate dinner party. Pears are super juicy, sweet, and their fragrant floral flavors makes them perfect for any elegant dessert.
Pears Poached with Spices and Wine
One of the simplest and quickest dessert recipe, yet will appease any sweet tooth aficionado. A classic example where spices give the pears a sublime flavor with just enough sweetness, that not only tastes delicious but looks spectacular too.
- 2 cups dry Marsala
- 2 cups water
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tbs orange extract
- 2 strips orange or lemon peel
- 2 star anise pods
- 2 green cardamom pods
- 1 tsp saffron (optional)
- 4 - 6 ripe bartlett pears, peeled, stems intact
- vanilla bean ice cream to serve (optional)
- Combine marsala, water, sugar, and all the spices in a large pot. Bring to boil over high heat to dissolve sugar.
- Add pears and simmer on medium low heat, covered until the pears are tender, approximately 30 minutes. Turn the pears after 15 minutes. Once they are tender, remove them from the pot.
- Reduce the liquid to 1 cup by boiling on high heat. Pour syrup over poached pears. Chill until cold,
- Ti serve, divide poached pears among 6 shallow bowls, drizzle syrup over pears and serve with a dollop of vanilla bean ice cream.
Do you enjoy fruits by itself or with desserts? What are some of your favorite fruits that are a must on your holiday table? I would love to hear from you….Until next time, buon appetito!
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