Berry Poached Pears

2013-09-13
  • Servings : 1
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 30m
  • Ready In : 45m

Pears are a much under rated fruit, there are so many varieties and they are very versatile. Fresh, cooked, hot, cold, they are always yummy – you can tell they are one of the fruits I like best! This is the time of year when I indulge in one of my favourite desserts as both Pears and Berries are at their best, though to be fair you can do this with frozen berries at any time of year.

It is a really good dessert for using up the last few berries that lurk in the bottom of the box. You can make it for as many as you want and it will cook in the time you are preparing a meal if you have a sudden urge for a fruit dessert. It is an ideal Dinner party dish as it can be prepared in advance and reheated, or you can eat it cold which is my favourite way.

Choose a variety of Pear that you like, I tend to go for Packham or William. The cooking time will vary depending on size, ripeness and how soft you like them. I like crisp pears if I am eating them fresh but if they are poached I like the soft but still holding together. As for the Berries, choose ones you enjoy but I would recommend that you include Blackcurrants as they give a real depth of flavour to the sauce, not to mention a nice colour.

I serve the Pears with either Greek Yoghurt or Ice cream. The yoghurt tempers the sweetness of the sauce and is probably my favourite – a real admission for an Ice Cream Junkie like me!

Ingredients

  • 1 firm Pear
  • 75 gms / 3 ozs fresh or frozen mixed berries such as Blackcurrant, Blueberry, Raspberry, Redcurrant. Blackberry, Strawberry
  • 2 - 3 tsps Soft Light Brown Sugar
  • 100 mls / 4 fl ozs Water
 

Method

Step 1

Peel the Pear leaving the stalk on if possible

Step 2

Place the Pear, Berries and Water in a saucepan and bring slowly to the boil

Step 3

Turn down the heat, cover and simmer until the pear is cooked, about 15 - 20 minutes depending on the pear

Step 4

Turn the Pear once or twice during the cooking time

Step 5

Remove the Pear from the pan and place in a serving dish, keeping it warm if serving hot

Step 6

Add the Sugar to the sauce, tasting it for sweetness

Step 7

Turn up the heat and reduce the sauce by about 50%

Step 8

Pass the sauce through a fine sieve to remove skins and pips

Step 9

Pour the sauce over the Pear

Step 10

Add Ice cream or Yoghurt if you wish

Step 11

Eat

 

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