"The Best of Everything"

Poached Pears with The Chocolate Sauce.

Credit: Nigella Lawson


4 Servings

  • 4 fresh Bosc Pears
  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 15 wide strips orange zest
  • 1 vanilla bean split and scraped or
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla paste.
  • 1 cup The Chocolate Sauce.


  1. Peel the pears leaving the stalks intact.
  2. Slice a thin layer off the bottom of the pear to enable the peat to stand upright when plated.
  3. Place wine, sugar, cinnamon, orange zest and vanilla in a medium-sized pot.
  4. Stir to combine and bring to a rapid simmer over medium heat.
  5. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  6. Lie the pears on their sides so that they are half-submerged in the wine.
  7. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  8. Turn pears, cover and simmer for another 15 minutes.
  9. Repeat these steps until pears are tender when pierced with a toothpick.

Remove from the heat, turn the pears, cover and allow to cool to room temperature turning the pears every half hour To ensure even coloring and flavoring.

When cool, remove and discard the cinnamon sticks, vanilla And orange zest.

Now for the sauce.

Bring the wine mixture to a boil over medium heat. Reduce until you are left with about 1 cup of syrupy wine sauce.

Plate the pears standing each pear upright. Drizzle a spoonful of the wine syrup over each pear. Combine the rest of the wine syrup with The Chocolate Sauce and pour around the base of the pears. Garnish further with some chopped almonds and/or edible flowers to bring your masterpiece home!


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