Poached pears in spiced wine

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

Makes: 4


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


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.