Pears Poached in Red Wine Recipe

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This is an elegant, easy and healthful dessert. Since the alcohol from the wine cooks off, it can be enjoyed by anyone.
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  • 1/2 cup walnuts (optional)
  • 4 pears
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 pinch allspice (optional)
Container:10 inch non-reactive skillet or sauté pan
30 mins
  • In a shallow non-reactive pan (that is, a pan with a surface unaffected by acidic food. Cast iron and aluminum are not suitable, unless coated with a durable finish) large enough to hold the pears, halved, in a single layer.
  • Heat the wine and sugar, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  • Peel the pears, slice in half lengthwise and scoop out the seed cavity with a teaspoon or melon baller. Add the pears to the warm wine, cover and simmer gently for 15 minutes.
  • Turn the pears over and continue to simmer until the pears are tender, another 15 minutes or so. Actual time will depend on the ripeness of the pears.
  • Remove the pears to a platter or individual serving plates and continue to cook the wine, uncovered, until it is syrupy, and then spoon over the pears. Top with toasted walnut pieces, if desired.
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