Wine-Poached Pears with Saffron, Apricots, and Almond
Makes: Serves 8
  • ½ vanilla bean 4 pears, peeled, halved, stems intact
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup white wine or sparkling wine such as cava or prosecco
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Pinch of saffron
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup apricots, dried or pitted fresh, cut into thirds
  • ½ cup sliced almonds, toasted
  1. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and run the tip of your knife or a spoon down the inside to collect the seeds. Reserve.
  2. Using a melon baller or teaspoon, remove the seeds from the inside of the pears.
  3. In a large saucepot, combine the water, wine, vanilla pod and seeds, cinnamon, saffron, and honey. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Gently slide the pears into the poaching liquid and simmer until a knife can be inserted but still meet resis¬tance, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow the pears to cool in the poaching liquid.
  4. Carefully remove the pears and reserve. Return the poaching liquid to a boil and reduce until syrupy in consistency. Add the apricots and heat for another minute. Place the pears in individual bowls and smother them in sauce and apricots. Sprinkle with the almonds and serve.
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