Wine poached Seckel pears

  • Preparation Time10 mins
  • Cooking Time45 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
1 bottle Merlot, divided
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
115 g sugar
6 Seckel pears, peeled
115 g mascarpone cheese
2 tbsps confectioners' sugar
2 tbsps heavy cream
Fresh mint leaves, chiffonade, optional
1) In a large saucepan, whisk together merlot (reserving 450 ml), star anise, cinnamon stick, and sugar. Bring to a boil.

2) Add pears and remaining 450 ml of merlot. Allow pears to cook in the wine and flavorings, simmering at a low boil.

3) In a small bowl, whisk together mascarpone, sugar, and cream. Add fresh mint, if desired.

4) Place a dollop of mascarpone cheese onto each plate. Top with 1 or 2 pears and serve.

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