Today my proposition for dessert is pear poeached in red wine with vanilla ice-cream. This is one of my favourite desserts.
2 firm, ripe pears
2 cups dry red wine
2 tablespoons honey
about 5 whole cloves
one cinnamon stick or one teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 vanilla bean
1 tablespoon sugar
In a saucepan combine wine, sugar, honey, cloves, vanilla bean and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Peel the pears, slice them. Place the pears in a poaching liquid, cover, and simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes, turning every 5 minutes. Remove the soucepan from flame and leave to cool. Gently remove the pears from liquid and place on serving dish. Garnish with fresh flowers, spring of rosmery and vanilla ice-cream.