Ginger Poached Pears with Ginger Cream
Easy to make, fun twist on a classic. Pears are poached in spiced white wine, and served with a scented and sweetened mascarpone cream."I love this recipe. Paul made this at our recent Thanksgiving dinner, and it drew raves. (He also made it for a dinner party that included one of the northwest's finer-restaurant owners, who promptly added it to her restaurant's seasonal menu.) The pears are incredibly flavorful and sweet, and the syrup is so delicious it'll have your guests licking their plate as discretely as they can." - stevemur
Yield: 6 Ready in 1 hours, 20 minutes
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Ginger Poached Pears with Ginger Cream Preparation
Peel the pears and slice in half lengthways. Core each half neatly with a teaspoon or small melon baller, and remove the hard bit at the bottom.
Peel and slice a 1/2 inch or so of the ginger root.
Place the wine, all but 1/4 cup of the sugar, star anise and ginger root in a deep covered pan, and add the pears. The wine should just cover the pears. Cover and poach gently for 40-60 mins until very tender almost translucent. Carefully remove pears and cool. If the liquid is thin, turn up the heat a little and reduce it quickly to a syrupy consistency. Strain the syrup to remove the lumps of ginger, and pour it over the pears.
Make a syrup over low heat with 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of water, and add a couple of slices of ginger. Scrape the contents of the vanilla bean into the mascarpone, and add the shell of the vanilla bean to the syrup. Simmer the syrup for a few minutes, then leave to cool. Remove the ginger and the bean, and then beat 2 tbsp (or to taste) of the syrup into the mascarpone to sweeten and scent it.
The pairs can be served warm, room temperature or chilled, and may be kept in a sealed contained in their syrup in the refrigerator overnight.
To serve: Place a pear half (or two if small) in the center or a plate or bowl, spoon a little of the sauce over, place a dollop of the Mascarpone mixture on the side
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