Poached pears with chocolate sauce

Poached pears with chocolate sauce

Take poached pears to the next level by soaking them in pedro ximénez sherry and pouring over a smooth dark chocolate sauce. This elegant dessert only takes 25 minutes to make!
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Use a melon baller or teaspoon to carefully remove the cores of the pears through the bases, then level the bottoms so they sit flat. Put the pears into a pan with the sugar, 100ml of the sherry, the star anise, cinnamon stick and 400ml of water. Heat slowly over a low heat, then simmer gently with a lid on for 15-20 minutes or until the pears are very tender (this may take longer, depending on how ripe the pears are). Use a slotted spoon to remove each onto a plate. Keep the poaching syrup for adding to cocktails, if you like.
  2. Step 2

    Tip the chocolate and double cream into a small pan with the remaining 25ml of sherry and heat very gently, stirring, until a smooth sauce forms.
  3. Step 3

    Spoon the sauce over the poached pears and serve each with a scoop of ice cream and a pinch of sea salt flakes, if you like.