@ Sin Ming Cook House / Bakery / Whateva
One of my earliest memories I have of my sister cooking something ‘exotic’ was when she did pears in wine. Well it’s taken me over a decade to get my act together, but here is my first attempt at making Pears in Red wine. Needless to say both my sister and I have on well beyond making drunken pears, but it’s always great to remember your roots!
I took this recipe from About.com and it was submitted by Stacy Slinkard. I have modified it a little to suit my own creative taste.
Red Wine Poached Pears
- 4-6 Peeled, Cored Pears
- 1 1/2 cups of red wine (recommend Zinfandel, Shiraz or Merlot)
- 3/4 cups of granulated sugar
- 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice (can also add lemon zest if desired)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla*
- 1 cinnamon stick*
- Combine all ingredients, except pears, and bring to a boil.
- Break the cinnamon sticks and place in each de-cored pear.
- Once the wine mixture is boiling, turn heat down to a simmer and add the pears.
- Simmer pears for 10-12 minutes and then turn pears and simmer for an additional 8-10 minutes - until they are tender and are easily poked through with a fork.
- Remove pears and let them cool. Boil wine sauce until the liquid has been reduced by half.
- Pour sauce over pears.
You can accompany this with a dollop of ice-cream or some freshly whipped cream. I love it just the way it is!
Bon Appétit – Sidney