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Poached Pears in Red Wine

ingredients

serves: 8
8 pears, peeled, cut in half and core removed
2 cups (500 ml) red wine
250 ml water
2 1/4 cups (500 g) granulated sugar
1 star anise
2 cloves
small piece of cinnamon
1 piece of orange peel
1 piece of lemon peel

method

1. Pour the wine, water and sugar into a saucepan and slowly bring to the boil.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the pears.

3. Boil the syrup for 5 minutes.

4. Turn down the heat and add the pears, cover with greaseproof paper and poach very gently for about 20 minutes.

5. Leave the pears to cool in the syrup, then store in a sterilised kilner jar.

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