I love love poached pears or for that matter any poached fruit. It not only keeps the freshness of the fruit intact but the flavor infusion elevates the the enjoyment to a different level.
So far I have poached pear only in spices but this time did it in red wine. As I was poaching that I thought why not make a Sangria dessert. So decided to serve the pear with fresh orange cream and fresh pistachio and praline crumble. Turned out to be a great combination.
Ingredients for Poached pears
3 Fresh firm Pears
3/4 bottle of any red wine
2 cups of water
5-6 inches long Cinnamon stick
2-3 star anise
3/4 cup of sugar
Ingredients for cream
1 pint Heavy Whipping cream
1 tsp orange zest
1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar
Peel the pears keeping the stem intact.You can cut the pear in half.
In a heavy bottom pan, mix everything else for the poaching, let it come close to boil, add the pears and simmer for 2-3 hrs. make sure the pears don’t get mushy.
Whip the cream, sugar and orange zest together. Fill in a piping bag.
For crumble – I just crushed my leftover praline from my previous praline recipe and some fresh pistachios.
To serve, cut the pear into pieces or serve half or whole however you like it and pipe some cream and top with the crumble.