Poached Cabernet Red Pears Recipe
2 cups Cabernet Wine
1/4 cup sugar plus 1 tablespoon
1/2 cup mandarin orange juice or regular
1 tablespoon thickly sliced orange peel zest
1 cinnamon stick
2 whole cloves
4 Red Pears firm but ripe
Combine in a medium size tall saucepan, wine, orange juice, cloves, cinnamon, peel and sugar. bring to a boil then simmer for 5 minutes on low. In the meantime leave the stem on the pear and peel off the skin.
Slice the bottoms off so they will stand proud and tall.
Place them in the pot and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes covered and turning every 5 minutes to make sure the color stays red.
Take off the heat and standing them upright let them cool.
Once cooled place in the refrigerator covered for at least 6 and upto to 24 hours turning once in a while.
When ready to serve remove pears from liquid.
Let the pears come to room temperature.
Boil the remaining liquid till reduce to half around 15 minutes or until liquid is thick and syrupy. Drizzle over each pear and serve.