I admit, last week's recipe was on the indulgent side. This week I am sharing a (nearly) guilt free dessert recipe - Poached Pears! I love-love-love poaching pears in a white wine spiced syrup! Plus, this is a great recipe to follow up and balance out a particularly heavy meal (pasta, steak, etc.). It's light, refreshing, yet infused with a ton of flavor. Drizzle yours with our White Wine Caramel Sauce to deliver more depth, and a great buttery texture.
4 firm bartlett pears
3 cups sweet white wine (We used a Late Harvest dessert wine from Alexandria Nicole Cellars)
4 cups water
1/2 of a lemons worth of zest
1/2 of a lemons worth of juice
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp. ground cardamom
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped (make sure to use the pod in the mix)
2 cups sugar
Crafted Confections White Wine Caramel Sauce
1. In a pot, put everything in besides the pears and sugar. Turn on medium high heat.
2. As the poaching liquid is starting to simmer, carefully peel the pears. Leave the stem intact for presentation.
3. Put the pears into the poaching liquid, uncovered.
4. You will want to cook the pears to the point where a knife could easily slide in. About 7-10 minutes. Check periodically, you do not want to overcook the pears or they will be super mushy and nobody wants that.
5. Once the pears are cooked, carefully take them out of the poaching liquid and put each one in a serving dish, standing up. If you are having trouble standing them up, you can cut the bottom a little bit, giving it a flat base.
6. Next, add the sugar to the poaching liquid. Continue cooking until the liquid is reduced by half.
7. Once the syrup is thick (you can check this by seeing if it will coat the back of a spoon), pour about 1/4 cup over each pear.
7. Gently heat the White Wine Caramel Sauce in the microwave. It doesn't need to be super thin, as it will melt more once it hits the pears.
8. Spoon the caramel over each pear. I did two generous spoonfuls over each pear. Enjoy!
*You will have a bunch of syrup left over. You can keep this in the fridge for MONTHS! You can mix some in sparkling water/cocktails, spoon some in yogurt, or over any sweet breakfast you make! Lots of options, and it tastes so yummy!
Tag us and show us and show us your poached pears! #CraftedConfections. Also, I'm sorry I teased you last week that we would be announcing our spring seasonal this week. Unfortunately, our labels are a little behind at the printer and won't be ready until early next week.