Type: Desserts and Baked Goods
This classic dessert combines poached pears with a decadent chocolate sauce
Prep Time: prep 10 mins
Cooking Time: cook 20 mins
Serves: makes 4 servings
- 1 / 2 cup sugar
- 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
- 4 ripe Bosc pears
- 5oz ( 130g) bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 1 / 2 cup heavy cream
- Bring the sugar and 11/4 cups water to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the vanilla bean.
- Peel the pears, leaving the stems attached, and place in the saucepan. Cover and reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer the pears, turning them occasionally, about 20 minutes, until tender. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a dish and let cool. Remove the vanilla bean (which can be rinsed, dried and used again) and reserve the poaching syrup.
- To make the chocolate sauce, melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of very hot water. Heat the cream and 1/4 cup of the poaching syrup in a saucepan over medium heat until almost boiling. Remove from the heat, add the chocolate, and stir until smooth.
- Serve each pear in a shallow bowl, topped a drizzle of the sauce. Serve immediately, with the rest of the sauce on the side.
- prep 10 mins; cook 20 mins
Excerpted from The Illustrated Kitchen Bible.
Copyright © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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