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krissywats Dec 17, 2006 04:27 AM

I poached pears in white wine tonight and as I was pouring the cup or so of white wine leftover from the poaching down the sink, I said to myself "Self, could you have used that pear scented wine for something?"

Thoughts?

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    hummingbird Dec 17, 2006 04:38 AM

    I think it would be nice to use over chicken or a pork tenderloin.

    Made into a syrup to use over a good ice cream or cake.

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      LindaJ Dec 17, 2006 05:06 AM

      Save the juice, and make more poached pears to serve as as Poires Helene. That's just basically pears in the bottom of a clear dish, topped with whipped cream and then covered with a "skin" of dark chocolate (like hot fudge sauce). The chocolate goes on fairly warm, and then the assembled dessert is chilled. I mix melted bittersweet chocolate with the warm,winey pear juice to thin and sweeten it, adding sugar to the pear juice first if needed. I don't have a recipe, I do it by feel and taste, just make sure the chocolate will be soft enough to spoon cut after chilling, you don't want your dinner guests hammering away on it. This is a pretty, impressive, and very tasty dessert that can be assembled at least several hours ahead of time. And if there's still a lot of juice left, use it as the liquid in any sweetened cake or bread, like cranberry loaf or even zucchini loaf...

      1. Cicely Dec 17, 2006 03:31 PM

        If you have an ice cream maker, you can make it into sorbet. Or rather, you could have. :)

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