Spicy Poached Pears
4 'not too ripe' pears (I use Conference) peeled
1 bottle of red wine
6 tbsp honey
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
1 orange, punctured a few times with a sharp knife
1 - Put all of the ingredients into a large pan. Bring to the boil then turn down the heat and simmer with a lid on for 45-60 minutes. Test the pears with a knife, it should glide in easily.
2 - Remove the pears and cool down. Remove the spices and orange, squeezing every last drop as you go.
3 - Take a small amount of the wine and reduce in a pan until you have a thick syrup. Serve the pears with a drizzle of syrup and a spoonful of yoghurt or cream.
These will keep nicely covered in the fridge for a couple of days. Make extra and you have a quick, classy dessert waiting for you.
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