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Pears in Wine - Peras al Vino

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Peras al Vino - Pears in Wine

Peras al Vino - Pears in Wine

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Although “Peras al Vino” or Pears in Wine is a simple dessert, made with fresh pears and white wine, it is very tasty and an elegant ending for a dinner any time of year, but especially in the fall. Another advantage of “Peras al Vino” is that you can make it ahead and refrigerate it until you are ready to serve. This recipe originates from the País Vasco or Basque Country in Northern Spain.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 ripe pears (firm)
  • 750 ml white wine (standard bottle)
  • 1 3/4 cups (225 ml) water
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • sprigs on mint for garnish

Preparation:

Note: Be sure to use firm pears because after cooking, the pears become soft and must be handled carefully. If the pears aren't firm, they will be too soft and mushy after cooking.

Peel the pears, but leave the stems. Cut the bottoms so that they will stand up by themselves. Remember that pears will brown if exposed to air too long, so if you get interrupted, be sure to submerge them in water with a bit of lemon until you can return and cook them.

In a large pot, pour white wine, water, sugar and cinnamon stick. Place on medium heat on the stove and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Immediately place pears in the wine mixture, cover and allow to simmer on low heat for 1 hour.

After cooking for an hour, carefully remove each pear from the pot and place in the bowl or plate on which you will serve. You may need to use tongs in one hand and a spoon in the other, since the pears will be soft. Set aside and allow to cool.

Uncover pot and continue to cook the wine mixture on low heat for about 30 minutes so that the liquid is reduced.

Remove sauce from heat and allow to cool.

If you are making this dessert ahead of time, once the pears and sauce have cooled, place them in the refrigerator and remove a few minutes before serving.

Spoon wine sauce over each pear and allow to pool around the pear. Garnish each pear with a sprig of mint.

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