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Merlot Poached Dessert Pears

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Serves | Prep Time | Cook Time 60


1 cup water
1 cup good quality merlot
2 cups sugar
3 Bosc pears, peeled
12 peppercorns
1/2 cinnamon stick
2 whole cloves

Place all the ingredients in a large saucepan. Cover the pears with a piece of parchment paper or weigh them down with a plate so that they stay immersed in the liquid.

Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cook until the pears are tender when pierced with a knife, about 20 to 30 minutes.

Remove the pears from the liquid and set aside. Continue to simmer the liquid for about 30 minutes, until it has a syrup-like consistency. Discard the peppercorns, cinnamon stick and cloves. Keep warm.

Cut the pears in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and core with a melon baller or small spoon. Remove any additional core using a small paring knife.

Slice the pear halves lengthwise and arrange the slices on plates. Spoon the warm syrup on and around the pears.

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