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Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce

I saw this dessert in the Autumn issue of Woman and Home 'Feel Good Food' magazine. Please excuse the dreadful photo but it was far too dark when I took it.

Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce

Now I'm not into desserts but as we had Paul's mum and dad round last night I had to give these a go!

Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce


400ml of Dry White Wine
4 Pears - ripe but firm 'Comice or William's' - peeled but with stalks left on
1 Vanilla Pod - split lengthways
150g Caster Sugar
Juice of 1 Lemon and 1 strip of Lemon Peel

For the Chocolate sauce:
150g Dark Chocolate
A Knob of Butter - unsalted
1 Tablespoon of Runny Honey


Pick a saucepan that will just hold the pears comfortably. 

Put into it the wine, caster sugar, lemon juice and peel along with the vanilla pod. Bring to the boil. 

Reduce the heat and allow the syrup to simmer for about ten minutes until all the sugar has dissolved.

Now add the peeled pears and a little water to just cover them. Put a lid on the pan and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes depending on how ripe they are. 

Test with a skewer; there should be no resistance.

Remove the pan from the heat and allow the pears to cool in the syrup.

To make the chocolate sauce:
Place a glass bowl over a and of gently simmering water and add all the ingredients until melted and smooth.

To serve; place the pears in individual serving bowls and add a little of the liquid from the pan. Now spoon over the chocolate sauce and serve immediately.
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  1. I love pears, but this is one way I have never tried them. We are getting some lovely pears right now, will give it a go! Much love, Raquel XO

  2. I love these, but only when someone else has made them. Yours look fab Jan, got any leftovers?

  3. The pears and chocolate sauce look fabulous.

  4. I love the chocolate running down that pear! So delicious!

  5. Looks damn good to me! And I absoultely adore a good pear!

  6. Oh my! I love poached pears, and yours looks outstanding.

  7. Oh gosh, you've done it now. It's 8 am and I am wanting poached pears in chocolate sauce . . .

  8. you're not into desserts! wow, i wish i had that problem :) Id forgo dinner for dessert any day of the week. You're lucky for that.

    Cooked pears are just so darn delish!

  9. Oh, yum, yum, yum! Chocolate? Pears? Honey? Wine? I'm so there. Great photo! And I wish I could see any issue of a magazine titled "Feel Good Food"! YUM!

  10. Maybe you should rename these chocolate boobs. :-) I'm sorry, sometimes my mind is in the gutter. Seriously, it sounds like a lovely dessert.

  11. That chocolate looks so rich! Looks very pretty. Cant go wrong with chocolate now, can we?


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