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    Cinnamon and Wine-Poached Pears

    This fragrant pudding gives a twist to classic poached pears by adding a caramelised cinnamon sugar finish.

    • Vegetarian
    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 50 minutes
    • Total time: 1 hour 5 minutes 60 minutes 5 minutes

    Serves: 4


    • 375ml white dessert wine, such as Château Jolys Jurançon
    • 100g light brown sugar, plus 2 tbsp
    • 2 cinnamon sticks, halved
    • 1 vanilla pod, split lengthwise
    • 4 ripe, firm pears
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 30g unsalted butter
    • Mascarpone cheese, to serve


    1. Put the wine, 100g sugar, cinnamon sticks and vanilla pod in a pan with 225ml water. Bring to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Peel the pears, trimming the bases so they can stand upright. Add to the pan. Lower the heat, cover and simmer until the pears are tender (about 30 minutes), turning occasionally. Remove the pears with a slotted spoon and set aside. Boil the syrup in the pan for 20 minutes or until thick. Set aside.
    2. Meanwhile, mix 2 tbsp brown sugar with the ground cinnamon. In a frying pan, heat the butter until foaming, stir in the cinnamon sugar and roll the pears in the mix, letting them cook for about 5 minutes until they have a caramelised coating. Stand each pear in a bowl. Pour some syrup into each. Serve warm with Mascarpone and a glass of the white dessert wine.

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