This is one of my favourite winter recipes. It smells so good and will leave a really christmassy aroma throughout your home. This recipe is simple and uses very few ingredients. The pears need to be hard which makes things easy as finding ripe pears at this time of year is often difficult. I like to serve these delicious pears with some vanilla flavoured creme fraiche.
You will need
8 large hard pears
1 pint (570ml) red wine
2oz (50g) caster sugar
2 whole cinnamon sticks
1 vanilla pod
1 rounded dessertspoon arrowroot
How to make your red wine pears
1. Preheat oven to gas mark ½, 250°f, 130°c.
2. Using a potato peeler, thinly peel each pair leaving the stalks intact. If your pears dont stand up very well on their own, take a thin slice of the bottom. This will make them look prettier when serving 😉
3. Lay the pears in a casserole dish on their sides and pour over the wine, add the sugar, cinnamon sticks and vanilla pod.
4.Bring everything to the boil on the hob, then cover and bake on a low shelf in the oven for 1½ hrs. Then take the casserole pot out of the oven and then turn the pears over on their other side. Cover and put the pan back into the oven and cook for a further 1½hrs.
5. Lift the pairs out of the pot and into a serving dish. Remove the cinnamon sticks and vanilla pod.
6. Place the casserole dish with the spiced wine back on the hob. Mix arrowroot and alittle water in acup to make a smooth paste. add this to the liquid whisking as you go. Bring just up to simmering point. remove from heat.
7. When the syrup is cool, spoon over the pears, basting them well. Cover and place in the fridge to chill.
8. Serve the pears (stood up) in individual bowls with creme fraiche or ice-cream. Enjoy!