Champagne poached pears with chocolate

    1 hour 45 min

    A fine and elegant fruit dessert, which would be perfect for any formal dinner party. Pears are poached in an orange flavoured champagne, then served with melted chocolate.

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    Makes: 4 

    • 375ml champagne
    • 250ml orange juice
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 4 slices orange
    • 4 whole cloves
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 4 pears, peeled with stems intact
    • 110g plain chocolate chips

    Prep:1hr  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr45min 

    1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine champagne, orange juice and sugar. Add orange slices, cloves and vanilla. Bring to the boil and stir until sugar is dissolved. Place pears in saucepan and reduce heat. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. Remove cover and simmer an additional 30 minutes. Remove pears from the liquid and let cool.
    2. Heat chocolate in a bowl over hot water, stirring until melted. Pour chocolate over the pears and serve.

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    I think the chocolate is gilding the lily. Consider using port in place of the champagne, and leave out the orange, use brandy in the whipped cream.  -  10 Feb 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    So easy, yet so elegant. My family loved these and they make a great presentation. I will be serving these at some up-coming ladies luncheons. Thanks Christina.  -  12 Feb 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Very yummy and easy. I followed the suggestion of another user and added add the grand manier to the chocolate. But don't! Otherwise the chocolate will freeze up and get chunky. I had to throw it away. Instead, drizzle it over the final dessert. Also, i used wine instead of champagne.  -  06 May 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)