Pears cooked in red wine for the New Year

In alcohol, dessert, fish on January 21, 2018 at 7:29 pm

pear in wine

I’ve been neglecting my ‘try a new recipe’ mission for quite some time. Whenever I had a free weekend at home, I just wanted to vege out. Cooking has become a necessity for sustenance rather than an experimentation of new recipes. As 2018 edged closer, I decided I owed it to myself to make an attempt. This was the first of two, only because one bottle of wine was involved. The second one is here.

I chose this recipe because it’s easy and festive. And it’s from one of my more intriguing recipe books, A Recipe Book in the Tudor Fashion.

The most important things you need are four pears and 150ml of red wine. These should be on the top of your shopping list. You’ll also need some sugar, a short stick of cinnamon and three cloves.

The preparation is simple. Cut each pear into four quarters and peel the skin if you want. Then put everything into a saucepan (I used Corningware glass ceramic cookware) and bring to a boil, then simmer for 30 – 40 minutes. After that, remove the pears and continue simmering the spiced wine until it thickens into the consistency of syrup. Pour this over the pears when serving. This dessert can be served hot or chilled. I prefer the latter.

Shopping list: 4 pears and 150ml red wine

From the pantry: 4 tablespoons of sugar, 3 cloves, 1 short stick of cinnamon

Can I do it?: Yes, even if you claim you can’t cook anything.

Hardware: Saucepan or pot

Credit: A Recipe Book in the Tudor Fashion for the Entertainment of Visitors and Pupils to The Queen’s Great Standing in  the Forest of Epping near London (yes, that’s the full title)


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