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Saffron Poached Pears with Chocolate Mousse

Almost too beautiful to eat, these pears are served with a chocolate mousse.

  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium
4 ripe pears peeled and seeds taken out (with a parisien)
750ml white wine
200g caster sugar
Half a lemon
A pinch of saffron
1 vanilla pod
A sprig of mint

For the Chocolate Mousse

200g dark chocolate
80ml milk
1 egg yolk
4 egg whites
20g caster sugar

Add all the ingredients for the pears into a pan, bring to the boil, add the pears and take off the heat. Leave to cool down. This is best done a few hours in advance.

Place the chocolate in a metal bowl and place on a pan of simmering water until melted.

Boil the milk and add to the chocolate. Whisk in the egg yolk.

Whisk the egg white and sugar until soft peaks. Add a third of the whites to the chocolate and whisk in. Fold in the rest. Pour into a container and set in the fridge for 20min.

To serve dip a spoon into melted chocolate and flick onto a plate to obtain a streak. Place a pear in the centre and spoon on the chocolate mousse. Finish with a sprig of mint.

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