Mulled wine pears
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs: Cheap as chips
This is a brilliant dessert to make when you're short of time – it tastes delicious and looks really impressive, but it's really quick and easy to make. You can make it with any pears, although conference or other fairly hard varieties are the best as they get very soft in the liquid. It also works really well with unripe pears so don't worry too much about ripening them beforehand. You can vary the spices too, to suit your tastes.
- 4 pears
- 100ml orange juice
- 100ml red wine
- 1cm piece root ginger
- 1 piece lemon peel
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1tbsp brown sugar
Serve with vanilla icecream or crème fraiche.
- Peel the pears with a potato peeler, and chop the bottoms off so that they have a nice flat base to sit on. Try and keep the stalks attached as it looks pretty when serving.
- Lay them in a saucepan just big enough to take all four pears, and pour over the liquid.
- Add the sugar and spices, and tuck the cinnamon stick in amongst the pears.
- Cook over a medium heat for 10-15mins. Do not allow to boil.
- Remove the pears from the liquid and stand up in bowls. Turn the heat up under the cooking liquid and boil until reduce by half.
- Pour a little of the reduced cooking liquid over each pear, and serve with crème fraiche or ice cream.