This recipe for poached pears shows just how easy it can be! Serve them as a finish to a nice dinner, at a dinner party with your friends, or with a spooky Halloween themed meal.
6 c. water
3/4 c. granulated sugar
3 tsp. vanilla
4 Bartlett pears, peeled with stems attached
4 oz. chocolate, shaved or chopped finely
1/2 c. heavy cream
1 1/2 tsp. red food color
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Bring the water, sugar and vanilla to a simmer, stirring occasionally so the sugar dissolves. Gently add the pears to the water and put a piece of parchment paper over them to keep them submerged.
Simmer 20-25 minutes, or until you can pierce the flesh easily with a knife. Remove from heat and let cool before transferring to the fridge to chill for a minimum of 4 hours to overnight.
To make the sauce, heat the heavy cream, red food color and vanilla until it starts to steam. Add the chocolate shavings and let sit for a minute to melt. Stir gently until just combined. Overmixing may cause the chocolate to seize.
To serve, remove the pears from the syrup and stand them up on a plate. Pour a generous helping of red velvet sauce on top and enjoy.
If you want a stronger red color, add 1/2 tsp at a time. Be careful though, this stuff stains very easily!