Monday, December 26, 2011

Whole Poached Pears

I'm super in love with this picture. Sorry it's so big.  I can't help myself.  It looks like it belongs in a magazine and I actually took it.

Did I mention that I'm in love with my new camera?  It's actually doing what I imagine it should do.

Well, mostly. I still need to learn a lot of new things.

Christmas morning I made these whole poached organic pears with a spiced cider reduction.

It's super simple, elegant, and delicious.

All you do is scoop out the seeds from the bottom of the pear with a melon baller. Just a few scoops till you see the 4 black seeds and remove them.

Then you peel the skin off leaving the stem intact. Run the peeler lightly over the pear to smooth out the lines.

Make sure you pick the pears that are just beginning to ripen and have a stem on them.

I used organic Bosc pears.

Next, you poach them in some kind of liquid.  I happened to have a jug of cider handy.  You can use water and sugar, apple juice, wine....

Make sure that you cover them entirely and boil them on med-low.

I added a couple of shakes of organic cinnamon, some ground ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.

Poach the pears for about 25 minutes till tender. You don't want them to fall apart so keep an eye on them.

I put a few scoopfuls of the spiced cider in a smaller saute pan and boil it for 5-10 minutes till it reduces and thickened a bit.  Pour it over the plated pear.

They are good to the last drop stem.

The Lunch Lady

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