Spicy Poached Pears
6 ripe dessert pears
225g/8oz/1 cup caster (superfine) sugar
1 bottle red wine
2 tbsp sloe gin
1 cinnamon stick, halved
finely grated zest of 1 orange
Greek yogurt or cream to serve
1 Peel the pears, leaving the stalks intact. Carefully cut out the calyx at the base of each one.
2 Heat the sugar, wine and sloe gin in a small pan, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
3 Bring to the boil and add the cinnamon stick, cloves and orange zest. Add the pears, then reduce the heat, cover the pan and simmer gently for 30 minutes or until tender.
4 Remove the pears and set aside. Uncover the pan and simmer until the liquid reduces and is syrupy.
5 Discard the spices and pour the syrup over the pears.
6 Serve warm or chilled with Greek yogurt or cream.