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Sunday, 22 April 2012

Poached Pears in red wine with yoghurt sorbet

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*part of the sizzling staffordshire menu series*

Here we present another fruit dessert, with a rather enjoyable sweetness that is luxurious and enjoyment but ultimately quite healthy. Its quite warming in a winter sense, but is acceptable year round as a light dessert.

You will need (serves 4):

750ml bottle of red wine
4tbsp caster sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
4 cloves
2 slices of orange
1 stem ginger in syrup halved
4 ripe but firm pears

Pour the red wine and sugar into a saucepan with the orange slices, cinnamon stick, cloves and ginger. Slowly bring to a simmer stirring occasionally, and simmer gently for 20 minutes.

Peel the pears leaving on the stork and de core them pears using a teaspoon or a melon baller. Lower the pears into the wine, and place a piece of crumpled greaseproof paper with a small hole cut out of the centre on the top. This will help keep the pears submerged.

Poach the pears for about 20 minutes at a gentle simmer, and pierce with a cocktail stick or similar to test if soft all the way through.

Transfer the pears and liquor to a bowl and allow to cool. Cling film and refrigerate preferrably overnight, or until required.

Serve warm, either by reheating in a pan or even using a microwave, alongside a scoop of yoghurt sorbet.

Yoghurt sorbet

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This is a refreshing alternative to ice cream, and can be used as a great medium or vehicle for a variety of flavours if youre wanting to make different flavoured sorbets. Its phenomenally easy and cheap to produce, and also tastes exceedingly good.

You will need (makes a batch of about 8 portions):

350ml water
225g caster sugar
3 tbsp liquid glucose
300ml natural yoghurt
100ml fromage frais

In a pan add the water, sugar and liquid glucose and palce over a low heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved, then increase the heat and boil for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely.

Beat the yoghurt and fromage frais together in a bowl until smooth and creamy. Mix in the cooled syrup.

Pour into a shallow tray and freeze, removing from the freezer every hour and beat together with a whisk until returning to the freezer. When the mix freezes smooth, it is ready.