Spanish Poached Pears

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Total Time
10 mins
30 mins

Simple yet delicious end to a Spanish themed meal. Serve with cinnamon or vanilla ice cream, with cream, or with custard or flan.

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  1. Place the pears in boiling water for 2 - 3 minutes then remove from the water and place under the cold tap.
  2. When the pears are cooled enough to handle, remove the peel, then cut in half.
  3. Using an apple corer, remove the center, and pare the stem away.
  4. Meanwhile put the sugar, wine, water and cinnamon stick in a pan over a medium heat when it starts to boil.
  5. Stir in vanilla extract, then add the pears and simmer slowly until the pears become soft.
  6. When the pears have softened remove them from the liquid and place them in a glass bowl.
  7. Leave the liquid simmering a bit longer until it reduces then pour over the pears.
  8. Can be served warm or chilled.