No one needs a special day to celebrate love but when there is a day dedicated for love, why not enjoy it! We never go big on Valentine’s Day but it’s a special day in our calendar and we like to celebrate it in our own little way. Eating out is always an option but the thought of waiting for a seat and sitting in a crowded restaurant somehow kills the celebration mood for us.
We like it quiet, cozy and what’s a better place for that than your own home.
It was a sunny day and that had already cheered me up. Then, when Arvind came home with a pot of pink lilies and pollen dust on the tip of his nose, I screamed and jumped like a kid! My heart melted, he just knows how to make me happy! He remembered my favorite flower 🙂
So to celebrate the occasion, I made a simple dinner and two fancy desserts, one of which was the wine poached pear. It was probably one of the easiest desserts I ever made. It takes absolutely no effort and I think it looks very attractive too!
I picked some brown pears, which I think are called Bosc Pears. These are my favorite – sweet and crunchy. They were not very firm but firm enough to use in this dessert. It took me about 30 minutes to poach these pears, but it might take longer time depending on the firmness of the pears.
Poached pear could either be served plain with some cream on the side or with some sauce of your choice.
Chocolate and mint is not one of my favorite combinations but this time, I wanted to try it out. So, I dropped few fresh mint leaves while making the sauce. It came out really good! It was chocolaty with very little hint of refreshing mint flavor.
You won’t believe how easy and flavorful this dessert is, until you give it a try!
Wine poached Pear with Chocolate and Mint sauce
- 3 ripe and firm pears (I used bosc pears)
- 1-1/2 cup red wine, something flavorful and not too strong
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 star anise
- 2 bay leaves
For the sauce
- 6 to 7 fresh mint leaves
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- Peal the skins from the pear and try to retain the stem.
- Pour wine, lemon juice, vanilla extract along with sugar, bay leaves, star anise, cinnamon stick and cinnamon powder in a deep-bottom pan.
- Bring it to a boil.
- Then, drop the pears very carefully in the pan and bring the heat to medium low.
- Let it simmer for about 12-14 minutes.
- Toss the pear to the other side very gently and let it continue to simmer for another 10 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool.
- Once it's cooled, remove the pear using a slotted spoon and keep it on the serving plates.
- Turn the heat on and continue boiling the wine in the pan until it's reduced to half .
- Mix cocoa powder with water and add it to the pan.
- Add butter and heavy cream and keep stirring for about 2 minutes.
- It will start looking smooth and silky. Add the mint leaves and continue boiling for 2 more minutes.
- Check for sugar and if it's not sweet enough for you, add some more and the sauce is done.
- Discard the bay leaves, cinnamon stick, star anise and mint leaves.
- Pour the sauce on the pear and enjoy it with some whipped cream, creme fraiche or ice-cream.
You can poach pears in advance and let it refrigerate for a couple of days. You can either serve it cold or boil the sauce for 2 minutes and serve it warm.
If you don't like wine , you can use pomegranate juice or cranberry juice and that will give the gorgeous red color. If you however don't care for color you can choose any citrus juice.
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I am sharing this dessert recipe with Recipe Lion for February blog hop.
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