Pears in Red Wine Recipe

Pears in Red Wine Recipe

Ingredients : Serves 4

150 ml/0.25 pt red wine
150 ml/0.25 pt water
100 g/4 oz/0.5 cup caster (superfine) sugar
4 firm pears, peeled but stalks left on
5 ml/1 tsp arrowroot (optional)

Method :

Mix together the wine, water and sugar in a heavy-based saucepan and dissolve over a gentle heat, then boil until syrupy, without stirring. Stand the pears, stalks upwards, in the pan. Cut a circle of greaseproof (waxed) paper with holes in for the stalks to poke through and place it over the pears. Boil for 5-8 minutes, basting occasionally, until the pears are just tender. Carefully remove the pears to a serving dish. If the syrup is thin, bring it back to the boil, then mix the arrowroot with a little cold water and stir it into the syrup. Boil for about 5 minutes until thick and clear, then allow to cool. Spoon over and around the pears and serve.

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