Recipe: Slow-baked honey wine pears
Makes: 4 servings
4 Bosc pears or 8 small Anjou pears
1 bottle dry red wine
1/2 cup (125 mL) honey
Heat the oven to 250°F (120°C). Peel the pears, leaving the stems intact, and lay them in a lidded ovenproof dish just large enough to hold them. Bring the wine and honey to the boil, pour over the pears, cover, and transfer to the oven. Bake 4 to 5 hours, turning now and again, until very tender. With a slotted spoon, gently remove the pears to a serving bowl. Boil the liquid rapidly until reduced to a syrup, about 20 minutes. Pour over the pears and let sit at room temperature for several hours, or cover and refrigerate until about an hour before serving.
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Excerpted from French Taste by Laura Calder. Copyright 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Excerpted with permission by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.