Poached Pears in Red Wine
14 fl oz, fruity-variety
⅓ cup(s), preferably mild
¼ tsp, use 6 whole peppercorns
4 tsp, divided, or to taste
6 medium, peeled, cored and halved*
- In a large heavy pot, combine wine, water, honey, vanilla, peppercorns and 2 teaspoons of orange zest; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until honey is dissolved, about 5 minutes.
- Place pear halves in syrup; cover pot and poach over a low heat, turning pear halves occasionally. After about 10 minutes, test for doneness with a fork: pears should be just tender. Poach longer, if needed. The timing will vary depending on variety and ripeness of pears.
- Let pears cool in wine sauce; turn them once or twice while cooling to give them a nice even colour. Sprinkle with remaining 2 teaspoons of zest before serving. Yields 2 pear halves per serving.