Spiced Poached Pears with Warm Chocolate Sauce

 

This is an elegant but very simple dessert. I also like to make the poached pears and store them in the refrigerator, covered with spices syrup in which they cooked. Occasionally, I take one and eat it without adding anything else. It’s a good way to take advantage of all the fruit in season, particularly those pears that can be a little unripe and firm.

What you will need

4 small, firm, pears

1 cinnamon stick

1 star anise

3 cloves

1 1 vanilla bean cut in half lengthwise (for this recipe you’ll only need one half)

1 orange peel

75 grams dark chocolate

100 milliliters double cream

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