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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Pears poached in Saffron and White Wine

I helped my dear friend and amazing photographer Robyn Davie with the food for a wedding shoot and this was my naughty dessert - it's simple, delicious and tastes as good as it looks. Thank you for the photos Robyn!

Pears poached in Saffron and White Wine 

Ingredients: (serves 6)
6 small Pears
750ml White Wine
1 pinch Saffron
160ml Sugar

Chocolate Ganache: 
75ml Cream
150g Dark Chocolate 

To serve:
50g unsalted Pistachios (crushed)
Good quality Vanilla Bean Ice Cream 

Bring the cream to the boil in small sauce pan, turn the heat right down and break in the chocolate. Stir until you have a silky chocolate ganache. 
Pour into a bowl and put in the fridge to set.
Core and peal the pears.
Put pears into a deep saucepan, pour in sugar, wine, water and saffron.
Cover and simmer for 20-25 min, turning pears occasionally to ensure even colouring, until pears are just soft, but not mushy, remove pears and boil syrup uncovered for a further 15 minutes until reduced and thickened.
Serve warm or cold with spoons of ice cream, chocolate ganache, syrup and crushed pistachios.

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