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Cinnamon poached pears

Cinnamon poached pears

  • Cooking Time10 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy

For the poached pears

250g caster sugar
500ml white wine
250ml water
2 cinnamon sticks
Finely grated zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
4 medium ripe pears (Conference are best)

For the chocolate sauce

150g caster sugar
150ml water
50g cocoa powder
1) Place the sugar, wine, water, cinnamon sticks, lemon zest and lemon juice in a medium pan. Peel the pears and, preferably using a melon baller, fully scoop out the core of each pear. Place the pears in the pan with the poaching liquid and cover with a lid, leaving a crack open. Poach until pears are just tender, about 10 minutes.

2) For the chocolate sauce, pour the water and sugar into a pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and add the cocoa powder, continuously whisking for 4 to 5 minutes. Pour the liquid through a sieve into a bowl and store in the fridge.

To serve, remove the pears from the poaching liquid and arrange them in a serving dish with the cinnamon sticks. Pour over the chocolate sauce.

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