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!
- Serves: 4 persons
- (or other good cooking pears, such as Comice or Anjou) 4 Williams pears
- 250g caster sugar
- 125ml pedro ximénez sherry
- 1star anise
- 1stick cinnamon
- 100g, finely chopped dark chocolate
- 50ml double cream
- to serve vanilla ice cream
- to serve sea salt flakes
Step 1Use 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.
Step 2Tip 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.
Step 3Spoon 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.