Vanilla Poached Pears with Mascarpone, Blueberries and Granola Crumb (Serves 4)
- Preparation Time: 10 minutes
- Cooking Time: 30 minutes
- Chilling for 30 minutes
- In a 1.5-2 ltr sauce pan, bring the wine, water, sugar, lemon, cinnamon stick and vanilla pod and seeds to the boil.
- Carefully drop the pears into the liquid and place a piece of greaseproof paper (cartouche) close over the pears. Reduce the temperature to a low-medium heat and gently poach for approximately 30 minutes or until tender when probed with a small knife (but not mushy!)
- Remove the pears from the water with a slotted spoon and place vertically on a plate in the fridge to chill down completely.
- Meanwhile, remove the vanilla pod from the poaching liquid and reduce the liqueur by three quarters. Don’t allow the liquid to discolour and turn brown. Remove from the heat and allow the liqueur to cool down.
- Place a pear on each plate with a spoon full of mascarpone and sprinkle with some blueberries and a little granola for a crunchy texture. Carefully spoon a little of the syrup over the pears.
This pudding is wonderful served with a cold glass of Percheron Chenin Blanc Viognier enjoyed in the late summer sunshine!
A delicious late summer treat... simple to make and stunning to serve!