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Poached pears with chocolate sauce

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Make these Poached pears with chocolate sauce for an impressive winter dessert. It's easy, rich and delicious. Tick!

  • Serves4
  • Cook time1 hour
  • Prep time10 minutes, (+ 2 hours chilling time)
Poached pears with chocolate sauce


  • 2 cups (500ml) light red wine
  • ½ cup (110g) caster sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick or quill
  • 1 star anise
  • 4 strips orange rind
  • 4 firm Packham pears, peeled

Chocolate sauce

  • 50g dark chocolate
  • ⅓ cup (80ml) thickened cream
  • 1 tbs brown sugar

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  1. Step 1

    Combine the wine, sugar, cinnamon, star anise, orange rind and 1 cup (250ml) water in a medium saucepan. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring, for 2 mins or until sugar dissolves. Add the pears and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low. Cover with a piece of baking paper to help keep the pears submerged in the poaching liquid. Cook for 45 mins or until the pears are tender. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the pears to a deep-sided dish.
  2. Step 2

    Bring the poaching liquid to the boil in the saucepan over high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 mins or until syrup reduces by half. Drizzle over pears and set aside to cool to room temperature. Place in the fridge for 2 hours to chill.
  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, to make the chocolate sauce, combine the chocolate, cream and sugar in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring, for 2-3 mins or until chocolate melts and sauce is smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. Step 4

    Serve the pears chilled or at room temperature. To serve, divide pears among serving plates. Drizzle with poaching liquid and chocolate sauce.