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Autumn is here and along with misty, cobwebbed mornings and crunchy leaves underfoot there are the delights of the orchard fruit season to enjoy.  …and there is no better time to savour delicious English pears.  So with that in mind why not try our deliciously indulgent poached pears.

Ingredients

4 Comice pears
350 g golden caster sugar
400ml water
1 vanilla pod
Some orange zest
Double cream to serve

For the chocolate sauce:

200g dark chocolate
splash of brandy
150ml double cream
100ml milk

Method

  1. Peel and remove the core from each pear, leaving the stalk intact
  2. Slice the bottom of each pear to make a flat base
  3. In a large pan melt the sugar in the water with the vanilla pod and orange zest
  4. Put the pears upright into the pan and poach for about 20 minutes until cooked
  5. Remove them from the pan and keep the liquid
  6. To make the chocolate sauce, heat the double cream and milk in a pan
  7. Melt the chocolate in a bowl above steaming water
  8. Add the melted chocolate, brandy and two tablespoons of the pear liquid to the pan of double cream and milk
  9. Gently heat the mix and stir to make a sauce
  10. Pour chocolate sauce over each pear and serve with cream – yummy!
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