Welcome back to our journey through the enchanting world of historical romance and holiday cheer. Today, we find ourselves in another captivating tale from the holiday anthology, The Grand Mistletoe Assembly. Get ready to immerse yourself in the lavish world of Eve Pearler, a hostess known for her extravagant balls and even more decadent treats.
If you read any stories of the Infiltrating the Ton series, then you know that Eve Pearler's grand balls are legendary for their opulence and delectable treats. Among the many delicacies that grace her table, one stands out for its simplicity and unique charm - Pears in Red Wine. This classic Regency-era recipe is a favorite among her guests. Once ordinary fruits, the pears are transformed into a luxurious dessert, their flesh turning a lovely shade of pinkish-purple and becoming so soft that they melt in your mouth.
Inspired by this delightful treat, I've crafted an original recipe that will let you recreate this Regency delicacy right in your own kitchen. So, pull out your apron and prepare to step back in time with this updated version of Pears in Wine.
Regency-Inspired Pears in Red Wine
- 4 firm, ripe pears
- 1 bottle of red wine (preferably a rich Merlot or Cabernet)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 4 cloves
- 1 star anise (or more to garnish each pear)
- Zest and juice of one orange
- Fresh mint leaves for garnish
- Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream
- Peel the pears, leaving the stem intact for a beautiful presentation. Core them from the bottom using a small melon baller or a corer.
- In a pot large enough to hold the pears, combine the wine, sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, and the orange zest and juice. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely.
- Place the pears in the pot, making sure they're fully submerged in the wine mixture. If necessary, use a small plate or a lid smaller than the pot to keep them submerged.
- Bring the pot to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour, or until the pears are tender but not falling apart.
- Carefully remove the pears from the pot and set them aside to cool. Meanwhile, increase the heat under the pot to high and let the wine mixture boil until it reduces to a syrupy consistency.
- Once reduced, strain the syrup to remove the spices and allow it to cool slightly.
- To serve, place each pear on a dessert plate, drizzle with the red wine syrup, and garnish with fresh mint leaves. Add vanilla ice cream or whipped cream as desired and drizzle with the syrup.
These Pears in Red Wine make a stunning dessert that's sure to impress your guests.
This Regency-inspired recipe is perfect for a holiday dinner or even a romantic night in. As you savor each delicious bite, imagine yourself at Eve Pearler's grand ball, surrounded by the glittering lights, beautiful gowns, and intriguing stories unfolding around you.
So, dear readers, raise your glass (or your fork) to The Grand Mistletoe Assembly and enjoy this little taste of Regency England. Happy cooking and even happier reading!