Poached pears in honey, ginger and cinnamon syrup

  • Preparation Time10 mins
  • Cooking Time40 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyMedium

For the poached pears

1 (750ml) bottle Muscat wine or other sweet dessert wine
500ml simple syrup, recipe follows
1 cinnamon stick, broken in 1/2
2 tbsp honey
1 (2cm) piece fresh ginger, peeled, and finely chopped
1 vanilla pod, split lengthwise
6 small, firm, ripe anjou pears, peeled
Serving suggestion: Vanilla Ice Cream or Gelato

For the simple syrup

400g caster sugar
500ml water
For the poached pears:
1) In a saucepan large enough to hold all the pears, combine the wine, simple syrup, cinnamon stick halves, honey, and ginger. Scrape in the seeds from the vanilla pod and add the pod and seeds to the saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the honey has melted. Add the pears and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, turning occasionally, until the pears are tender. Remove the pears from the liquid and allow to cool.

2) Continue to simmer the liquid until it thickens and is reduced by half, about 15 to 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Remove the cinnamon stick halves and the vanilla bean and discard.

3) Place each pear on a small serving plate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Drizzle with the honey, ginger and cinnamon syrup. Serve immediately.

For the simple syrup:
1) In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool.

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