Red wine poached pears with chocolate filling

    40 min

    Red wine-poached pears with a chocolate sauce filling are a lovely winter or Christmas dessert.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 4 firm but ripe pears, peeled
    • 1 (350ml) bottle of red wine
    • 240ml water
    • 125g caster sugar
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1 star anise pod (optional)
    • 1 jar chocolate sauce

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Slice the bottom off each pear and core from the bottom to give each pear a flat bottom to stand upright.
    2. Combine red wine, water, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon and star anise in a large saucepan; bring to the boil. Reduce heat and arrange pears on their sides in the saucepan. Simmer pears for 10 to 12 minutes. Turn pears and continue simmering until tender and easily poked with a fork, 8 to 10 minutes. Work in batches if needed.
    3. Remove pears from wine mixture and place in a serving dish, standing upright. Continue boiling wine sauce until reduced to about 200ml, 5 to 10 more minutes.
    4. Fill each pear's core cavity with chocolate sauce. Pour wine sauce over each pear.

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