This is one of those desserts I pull out of the recipe box whenever I want to impress my guests, as it looks so elegant and has a deep, rich, burgandy color that is just beautiful, and plus, it's incredibly easy. I especially love the way the orange zest sticks to the sides of the pears. My parents were in town this weekend and I made this dessert their last night here (perhaps in an effort to lure them back sooner rather than later?). The recipe is from last year's October issue of Bon Appetit, and the picture here just does not do it any justice whatsoever. Dumb kitchen lighting!
Here's how to make it:
Roasted bosc pears with pomegranate glaze, from Bon Appetit
4 bosc pears, with stems intact (Make sure they're ripe - they should give slightly at the top, near the stem, and smell like pears...stick them in a paper bag for a day or two if need be. There were a lot of complaints on the web site about this dish taking longer than the recipe says, but I think they just didn't let their pears ripen! Every time I've done it, the pears have been very tender at the end of an hour)
3/4 cup of dry red wine (syrah, or zinfandel, but I've also used merlot)
3/4 cup of pomegranate juice (I use POM)
1/2 cup of sugar
2 tsp. grated organge peel (or strips of orange zest is what I usually do as it looks prettier)
1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
To serve: vanilla bean ice cream, and biscotti if you'd like
Preheat oven to 350F. Place everything but the pears in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir and cook until sugar dissolves (about 3 minutes). Peel the pears (Leave the stems intact! This is what makes the dessert so pretty!) and scoop out the core from the bottom with a melon baller or teaspoon. Cut the bottom of the pear off slightly to flatten it so that it will sit up straight. Then, place the pears in an oven-proof dish standing up, and pour the sauce over the top of them. Place it in the oven and cook for 1 hour, or until tender, basting the pears with the sauce every 15-20 minutes. Transfer the pears to a serving platter or plates or bowls (I do bowls) and pour the sauce back into the saucepan. Simmer until reduced to 2/3 cup, from 5-10 minutes. Spoon glaze over pears. Serve with ice cream and biscotti.
Bon Appetit uses this amount of sauce for 6 pears, but I like having the extra sauce with the ice cream. Enjoy!
written by Michelle at 10:57 AM