Spiced Pears with Ginger Wine

Posted on Jan 3, 2018 in News, Recipes

lemons, cinnamon, saffron, cardamon, star anise and ginger wineA wonderfully rich and warmly spiced dish of pears poached in ginger wine. Definitely hygge food.

Apart from the pears we sell everything you need, including Rochester’s Ginger Wine (non-alcoholic), lemons and all the spices, even saffron.

  • Juice the lemons.
  • Peel the pears, leaving the stalks on but gently cutting out just the bottom of the core. Brush the pears all over with the lemon juice. Leave them sitting.
  • Heat up the water and ginger wine in a pan big enough for the pears. Dissolve the sugar in the water as it heats. Once it comes to the boil, lower the heat.
  • Now add the spices and the saffron and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Put the pears in the liquid and adjust the liquid to cover them.
  • Poach them with the lid on for 30 mins, turning them once or twice.
  • Remove pears with a slotted spoon and put them, all beautiful and golden, in bowls, sitting upright.
  • Reduce the syrup for a minute or two and pour over.

Ingredients for 4 people
  • 4 large, firm pears or 8 smaller ones (I like rocha pears for their butteryness but try with any)
  • A generous half pint of Ginger Wine
  • Water – about 250ml
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 75ml – 100ml of sugar
  • A couple of hearty pinches of saffron
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cardamon pods
  • 1 star anise

Serve with vanilla ice cream or cream – or both!


Recipe tried, tasted and approved by Holly, one of our customers