Pears poached in chocolate

Pears poached in chocolate

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From
Kitchin Suppers
Serves
4
Photographer
Laura Edwards

This is an ideal dinner party dessert as you can prepare it in advance and have it ready to serve before your guests even arrive. I just love the simple elegance of the glossy, coated pears sitting in their pool of chocolate sauce. The secret is to ensure the pears are properly poached so that when you tuck in, the spoon goes in easily.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
4 medium ripe pears, preferably Comice, Williams or another roundish variety

Poaching liquor

Quantity Ingredient
400ml water
100g caster sugar
100g good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), in pieces
1/2 lemon, juiced

Method

  1. For the poaching liquor, put the water, sugar, chocolate and lemon juice into a medium heavy-based saucepan. Heat gently, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate is completely melted, then allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, carefully peel the pears, keeping their shape and leaving the stems intact. Scoop out the core and seeds from the base (see below). Cut a thin sliver off the bases so the pears will stand upright.
  3. To poach the pears, gently lower them into the simmering poaching liquid. Cover with a piece of parchment paper and weight down with a heatproof plate that fits inside the pan, to keep them submerged. Poach gently for 30–40 minutes, or until the pears are just soft, but retaining their shape.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, lift the cooked pears out of the pan onto a warm plate. Increase the heat to medium and let the poaching liquor bubble steadily until reduced to a glossy chocolate sauce with a syrupy consistency.
  5. Serve the warm pears with the hot chocolate sauce poured over and a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.

Note

  • The easiest and neatest way to core whole pears for poaching is to use a melon baller. Working from the base, press the melon baller into the middle of the pear, turn it and remove to scoop out the core and seeds.
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