Sharon's Recipes

DECEMBER: Poached Pears In Zinfandel


about 4 pounds of pears
lemon juice as needed
3 cups of Zinfandel
1.5 cups of water
3 cups of sugar or more to taste

Peel and core the pears, slice in half and drop into water laced with fresh lemon juice. Bring the wine, water and sugar to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for a few minutes. Drop in the pear halves and poach till soft but hold their shape. Remove pears from the syrup. At this point taste the syrup and see if it is the consistency that you want. You can reduce the liquid at this point to a more syrupy consistency , making certain that you have enough for the pears to soak in. They can be served warm or cold with ice cream and pound cake, or whipped cream. A simple treat for the holidays.


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