This classic dessert combines poached pears with a decadent chocolate sauce.
Recipe courtesy of "The Illustrated Kitchen Bible: 1,000 Family Recipes from Around the World" by Victoria Blashford-Snell, copyright 2008. Used by permission of Dorling Kindersley Limited. All rights reserved.
|1/2 cup sugar||5 oz (130 g) bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped|
|1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise||1/2 cup heavy cream|
|4 ripe Bosc pears|
Bring the sugar and 1 1/4 cups water to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the vanilla bean.
Peel the pears, leaving the stems attached, and place in the saucepan. Cover and reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer the pears, turning them occasionally, about 20 minutes, until tender. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a dish and let cool. Remove the vanilla bean (which can be rinsed, dried and used again) and reserve the poaching syrup.
To make the chocolate sauce, melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of very hot water. Heat the cream and 1/4 cup of the poaching syrup in a saucepan over medium heat until almost boiling. Remove from the heat, add the chocolate, and stir until smooth.
Serve each pear in a shallow bowl, topped a drizzle of the sauce. Serve immediately, with the rest of the sauce on the side.
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