Poached pears with chocolate sauce

    30 min

    Pears are poached in a vanilla syrup, then served with dark chocolate sauce.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 4 pears, peeled
    • 1/2 lemon, juiced
    • 475ml water
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 115g dark chocolate, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons double cream
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 1 tablespoon coffee flavoured liqueur, such as Tia Maria®

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Leave stems on peeled pears. Sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent browning. Set aside.
    2. In a saucepan large enough to accommodate 4 pears standing upright, combine water and sugar. Place over medium heat, and boil until sugar is dissolved. Stir in vanilla, then arrange the pears in the saucepan. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Allow to cool in liquid, then drain.
    3. In a bowl over simmering hot water, combine chocolate, cream and butter. Heat, stirring, until chocolate has melted and is smooth. Remove from heat and stir in coffee liqueur.
    4. Place pears on serving dish; pour chocolate sauce over pears.

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    Reviews in English (8)


    Great idea! My pears discolored a bit in the pot despite following the lemon juice instruction. I cored them from the bottom to keep the stems intact and only cooked mine for about 5 minutes before removing them from the heat - and they were perfectly tender without being mushy. I skipped the coffee liquor and maraschino, added a little vanilla to the chocolate and garnished with lemon zest and sugared almonds. Very pretty and delicious, thanks!  -  19 Aug 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I don't understand why you don't core the pears. This is a tasty recipe but could be easier to eat. Next time I will core them (and keep an eye on them in case they don't need 15 min. of cook time). Good chocolate sauce!  -  05 Apr 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was very good, but I ended up making a different chocolate sauce. I do not care for bittersweet chocolate, so I made it again with semi-sweet, a sliver of butter and a little milk. Much better. I cored the pears before cooking, and they were sweet and tender. I also garnished with fresh strawberries. Easy and tasty!  -  15 Nov 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)