Wine and Dried Fruit Poached Pears with Doubled Honey Whipped Cream

 

I whipped this recipe together for a last minute dinner party. Easy, pretty, tasty and low effort; it makes use of readily-available things and simple techniques. I made a quick, bracingly tart lemon syrup to go with, but it is optional.

What you will need

2 cups chardonnay

1 cup water

1/4 cup honey

3/4 cup sugar

8 dried apricots

8 dried figs

1 vanilla pod, split

2 strips of lemon zest

1 teaspoon salt

4 firm-fleshed pears

1/2 cup roasted pistachio kernels, finely chopped

1 pint heavy cream

1/4 cup honey

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, ultra-fine

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