This Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce is a great winter recipe, although I’m not sure what season we’re in right now. It’s been a lackluster winter – cold and full of rain but no snow. In my opinion, if it’s not snowing, then enduring the cold is pointless.
I still love snow because it’s a dream to photograph, and I don’t have to shovel any yards or drive to work, but I know B is less enthused about snow since he has a longer trek to work.
I haven’t had too much time for baking, but poaching is a quick and easy way to make an elegant dessert.
I was first inspired to make poached pears after having them as a dessert in one of New Haven’s restaurant week, and this is now my third poaching recipe (see my mini pear almond tart and maple poached pears)!
Poaching infused whatever flavor of you use for the poaching liquid and while wines are popular, I like the cider for some sweetness.
Pears and chocolate are a less common pair (no pun intended) but it’s wonderful with ice cream or yogurt. Recipe adapted from Tartalette Blog.
Also, pears are some of my favorite foods to photograph. The shape is so elegant.
Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce
3 bosc pears, peeled, halved and cored
2 cups water
1/2 cup apple cider
3 cinnamon sticks
Vanilla Greek yogurt
4 oz chocolate, finely chopped
1 teaspoon honey
1 cup heavy cream
In a large saucepan with water, add your apple cider, cinnamon sticks, and pears. Simmer over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes, turning pears, until pears are tender but firm. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Place your finely chopped chocolate in a medium bowl. In a small saucepan set over medium high heat, simmer the heavy cream and honey Remove from the heat and pour over the finely chopped chocolate and stir until melted and smooth.
To serve, scoop the yogurt until a glass and place your poached pear upright. Drizzle your melted chocolate ganache and sprinkle with chopped almonds. Garnish with thyme sprigs and serve chilled. Enjoy!