Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Poached Pears in a Honey, Ginger and Cinnamon Syrup

I've received a lot of really yummy recipes from the site A Bullseye View lately I thought today would be a great day to share them since it's What's Cookin' Wednesday! Be sure to check back throughout the day to see the recipes I'm going to share.

This first one is a recipe from one of my favorites, Giada De Laurentiis, it's Poached Pears in a Honey, Ginger and Cinnamon Syrup. Since pears are in season right now (love!) this is a perfect dessert you can make! This recipe makes six sweet servings.

*Photo courtesy of A Bullseye View*

What You’ll Need

2 cups simple syrup, recipe follows
1 (750) ml bottle Moscato wine or other sweet dessert wine
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tablespoons honey
1 ( ¾ inch) piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
6 small, firm, ripe Anjou or Bosc pears, peeled and cored
Vanilla ice cream or gelato

For the syrup
1 ½ cups sugar
1 ½ cups water

What You’ll Do

STEP 1: In a saucepan large enough to hold all the pears, combine the wine, simple syrup, cinnamon sticks, honey and ginger. Scrape in the seeds from the vanilla bean and add the bean to the saucepan.

STEP 2: Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the honey has melted. Add the pears and simmer over medium-low heat for fifteen to twenty minutes, turning occasionally, until the pears are tender.

STEP 3: Remove the pears from the liquid and allow to cool. Continue to simmer the liquid until it thickens and is reduced by half, about fifteen to twenty minutes. Cool to room temperature. Remove the cinnamon sticks and vanilla bean and discard, or keep to garnish!

STEP 4: Place each pear on a small serving plate with a hefty scoop of vanilla ice

STEP 5: Drizzle on the syrup, serve immediately and devour!

For step by step photos, be sure to check out A Bullseye View and then check out Life as We Know It to see all of the other recipes featured for What's Cookin' Wednesday!

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