Sunday, October 06, 2013
To Health, Sex, Happiness and Love We Dine
The table is set, the candle is lit, the wine is corked – it’s time to dine.
Begin with dessert which needs to be prepared at least three hours ahead of time. This dessert can be made up to three days ahead.
Poached Pears for two – double recipe each time you add two more persons to the meal
¼ cup dry marsala wine
¼ cup water
2 Tbsps of sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1/3 vanilla bean split
4 long strips of orange peel
1 Bosc pear peeled sliced in half and cored
*** Optional a small scoop of vanilla gelato or ice cream
Combine wine, water, sugar, cinnamon stick vanilla bean and orange peel in a heavy small pan. Bring to a boil over high heat stirring to dissolve sugar. Add pear halves. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover the pot and simmer until pears are tender, turning pears occasionally – about 35 minutes. Use slotted spoon to remove pears to a serving dish. Remove orange peel and place two strips on top of each pear half. Chill for at least three hours. Serve with a side of vanilla gelato. Make sure and eat the orange peel – it’s divine.