Spiced pears and plums in red wine syrup

Spiced pears and plums in red wine syrup

By
From
Thrive on Five
Serves
4
Photographer
Dan Jones

The scent of star anise and cardamom will fill your home as you prepare this delicious dish. Although reminiscent of dark winter nights, this sweet and tangy combination is the perfect way to end a meal on a summer’s evening. It’s also an easy recipe to prepare in advance.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
4 conference pears
6 plums
1 vanilla pod
1 bottle red wine
100g soft brown sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
2 teaspoons ground cardamom
200g fromage frais

Method

  1. Peel the pears but keep them whole with the stalks intact. Quarter the plums and remove the stones.
  2. Halve the vanilla pod lengthways and scrape out the black seeds. Cut each piece of pod into three long thin strips and add to a saucepan with the seeds, the wine, sugar, cinnamon stick, star anise and cardamom. Use a slotted spoon to lower in the pears.
  3. Poach over a gentle heat for 30–40 minutes, making sure the pears are covered with the wine. The cooking time will depend on the ripeness of your pears; they should be tender all the way through when pierced with a cocktail stick. You can make these up to two days ahead and chill.
  4. Remove the pears from the pan, add the quartered plums to the liquid and bring to the boil. After two to three minutes, remove the plums and continue to reduce the liquid by half so that it becomes syrupy (about 20–30 minutes). Strain the syrup, but retain the vanilla and cinnamon.
  5. Serve each pear surrounded by roughly 6 pieces of plum with the cooled syrup, a strip of vanilla, a piece of cinnamon and dollop of fromage frais.
Tags:
Healthy
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