Pears in White Wine

    Enjoy this classic dessert of pears poached in wine and delicious flavours like saffron, orange rind and cinnamon for an elegant end to a meal. Try red wine for a great colour and omit the saffron.


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 6 

    • 1 cup water
    • 1 cup white wine
    • 1 cup caster sugar
    • 1 vanilla bean, halved
    • 1/2 cinnamon (cassia) stick
    • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
    • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
    • 6 firm pears
    • almond bread, to serve

    Directions
    Preparation:5min  ›  Cook:1hour55min  ›  Ready in:2hours 

    1. Combine all the ingredients, except the pears, in a saucepan in which pears will fit snugly upright. Simmer for 3 to 4 minutes or until sugar is dissolved.
    2. Meanwhile, peel pears, leaving the stems intact. Add to the saucepan, cover, then simmer until pears begin to take on a glazed appearance, about 1½ hours.
    3. Close to serving time, remove pears and reduce the syrup for 20 minutes or until it is almost toffee-like. Pour the syrup over pears and serve with almond bread on the side.
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