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    Poached pears in spiced wine

    • Preparation time: 10 minutes
    • Cooking time: 40 minutes

    Makes: 4

    Ingredients

    400g golden caster sugar
    250ml white dessert wine, such as Beaumes de Venise
    1 cinnamon stick
    2 star anise
    1 vanilla pod, split
    2 strips orange zest
    4 ripe pears, peeled, stalks left intact
    ½ x 900ml tub Carte D’Or Vanilla Ice Cream, to serve
     

    Method

    1 Place the sugar, wine, cinnamon, star anise, vanilla pod and orange
    zest with 250ml water in a medium saucepan. Gently bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes.

    2 Trim the bases of the pears so they stand upright and add to the syrup. Continue to simmer, covered, for 20–30 minutes.

    3 Use a cocktail stick to check the pears are tender, then lift them from the poaching syrup with a slotted spoon. Place each pear on a plate, spoon over a few tablespoons of the spiced syrup and serve with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.
     

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    Cook’s tip

    If you’re short on time when entertaining, make this the day before and serve chilled.
     

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