Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Poached Pears "Williams Christ"

Poached Pear in Red Wine-Fruit Brandy Brew
© All rights reserved, Thorsten Kraska, 2009

This is the dessert for a cold winter day. The pears are poached in red wine and pear brandy (Williams Christ). Black tea and spices complement this dessert.

Poached Pears "Williams Christ"
(for 8 small pears)
8 smaller pears
200mL red wine
200mL orange juice
100mL pear brandy (Williams Christ brandy)
150g honey
100g sugar
black tea bags to make 500mL tea
1 star anise
3 cloves
10 black pepper corns
juice of 1 lemon
orange peel of 1 orange (cut into thin stripes)
1 teaspoon cornstarch

Peel the pears but leave a bit of peel around the stem. Cut out the blossom and cut off a little of the bottom so that the pear will stand later. Drizzle with lemon juice so that pears will not get brown.

In asuited pot combine red wine, orange juice, pear brandy, honey, sugar and spices and bring to a boil. Add tea bags and pears with the lemon juice and poach pears on low heat for 5 minutes. Then take out the tea bags. Poach pears for another 15 to 30 minutes until pears get soft. Do not let cook the pears! When pears are done take them off the wine brew.
Mix the cornstarch in a little cold water until dissolved. While stirring mix cornstarch into the brew and let cook for 5 to 10 minutes. This will thicken the brew. When brew is done add the orange peel and pears and warm them up again. Serve pears hot with some brew and garnish with orange peel.

Poached Pear in Red Wine-Fruit Brandy Brew
© All rights reserved, Thorsten Kraska, 2009


Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said...

Thorsten, this dessert certainly has a winter feel about it. I've poached pears before but have never added black tea to the mix...have bookmarked the recipe for future use. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

oh I see now where "the delicious colour" came from, that's the secret...and extra flavour too. I will try it

Anders said...

Very nice picture as usual! Looks very inviting.
A Happy New Year from Sweden!

Thorsten said...

Thank you all and a happy new year to you all.

Peter, the idea with the black tea comes from a journal. It not only adds color but also a tea note to it, which turns the brew into something like "hot spiced wine"

Yes, Me&MyShadow, tea is the secrete ingredient here.

Meeta K. Wolff said...

love the idea of black tea to this. it gives me ideas - maybe using different herbal tea blends for flavor.

thorsten hope you have a rockin 2010! it's been great following your blog and your flickr pics. look forward to getting to know you more in 2010!

Thorsten said...

Meeta, I know what you mean. I'm thinking of other combinations too, like white wine with Noille Prat and green tea. Meeta hope you will have a fantastic year 2010 too. Will visit your blog and photos.

Unknown said...

Since it is the season for wild hibiscus in my country this recipe gives me a lovely idea. Only hope I can execute since my skill behind the lens is no where near yours. Happy New Year!

Simones Kitchen said...

I'm loving this dessert Thorsten! Looks really good.
Have a fabulous 2010 Thorsten!

Thorsten said...

Hi Wizzy, great shot. Have a happy new year.

Thanks, Simone. Happy new year 2010 to you too.

La Cuisine d'Helene said...

Happy New Year!

Sylvia said...

Delicious recipe, love the black tea addition. Have a wonderful 2010 filled with joy peace and great photos

Thorsten said...

Thank you Helene and Sylvia. Happy New Year 2010 to you both!

Patricia Scarpin said...

I love poached pears - it's such an elegant yet simple dessert.
Such beautiful photos, Thorsten.

Thorsten said...

Thanks Patricia

Online Credit Score said...

This pear looks very sweet and juicy!