Port Poached Pears
I have noticed that poached pears in red wine are a very popular dessert for chefs on cooking shows and contestants on Come Dine with Me! I decided to use up the bottle of port that has been sitting in my cupboard since Christmas, to make some nice port poached pears. This is such a simple dessert for guests or a nice snack if you feel like treating yourself after a hard day at work!
What will you need?
Half a bottle of port
Pears (one full pear per person)
Plain or dark chocolate (optional)
Potato peeler or a good small sharp knife
How to poach pears?
Start by pouring half the bottle of port into a medium-large pot. Allow the port to simmer before adding the pears. Once you have placed the peeled pears into the pot, then leave them to simmer for about 10-15 minutes depending on how soft you want your pears.
Pour some port over the pears and turn them (carefully) every so often while they are in the pot.
I always serve these with melted chocolate drizzled over them, but you can serve them without if you prefer. Also, a scoop of ice-cream is always delicious with them!
Place the poached pear into a wine glass or serving dish. Pour some of the port left in the pot into the glass. Drizzle some melted chocolate over the pears. And enjoy!