DESSERT: Alejandro’s Poached Pears in Red Wine
5 or 6 fresh, whole pears ( not overly ripe)
3 cups red wine
¼ cup Grapes & Olives On Tap Cran Orange Balsamic Vinegar
1 cup sugar
A pinch of black pepper
Ice cream (Your flavor choice!)
Peel pears and cut a small piece from the bottom of each pear to stand. Leave pear stem in place. Add wine, Cran Orange Balsamic Vinegar, sugar, pepper and cloves to a saucepan and heat on med. high until all sugar dissolves. Place pears in saucepan standing with stem up. Cook for approx. 15 minutes until tender, but not too soft, (insert a toothpick to test firmness. Remove pears from pan to cool. Set aside. Lower heat under pan and simmer until wine and balsamic are reduced to a syrupy sauce (approx. 10 minutes.) Remove pan from heat. Cut pears in half and remove core and seeds. (Leave pear stem in place.) Serve 2 halves per dish (one horizontal, one vertical, if dish allows.) Add one scoop of ice cream to each dish and drizzle all with the wine and balsamic reduction.