Maureen’s Poached Pears & Ice Cream


Serves 6

6 peeled, cored and halved pears

1.½ cups of red wine
¾ cups granulated sugar
2 tblsp fresh lemon juice
2 tblsp lemon zest
2 tsp vanilla essence
2 tsp ground cinnamon
Tub of ice cream or gelato

Except the pears and the ice cream, combine all other ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and carefully add the pears. Simmer for 10 – 12 minutes turning pears to coat on all sides and simmer an extra 10 minutes. Test the pears for tenderness by poking with a fork. Remove pears to a bowl and allow to cool. Turn up the heat and reduce the wine mixture by half to a syrupy content. Place two halves on each plate for service. Pour over wine syrup and add a scoop of ice cream or gelato.

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