I hate to waste those hard pears that get blown off the tree before they are completely ripe so I tried poaching them in Vale Autumn Fruits Cider and happily, it was delicious! Better by a country mile, than pears poached in red wine. It is easy to do and served with ice cream, crème fraiche, Greek Yogurt or cream it is a great treat.
8 hard Pears, slightly unripe
330ml bottle Vale Autumn Fruits Cider
½ tsp Cinnamon
2 tsp Cornflour
Thinly peel 8 hard pears (slightly unripe). Slice off the round end so that the pears will stand up when served.
Lie the pears on one side in a casserole dish and pour over the contents of a 330ml bottle of Vale Autumn Fruit Cider. Add some cinnamon to taste (I add 1/2tsp)
Place in a preheated oven at 190 degrees (170 degrees fan assisted; Gas Mark 5).
Cook for 1 hr then remove from the oven and turn the pears over so that the other side is in the cider.
Cook for a further 1hr then remove from the oven. The pears will now be slightly soft.
Take the pears out with a slotted spoon and stand up on the serving plate.
Heat the remaining autumn fruits cider on the hob and add 2tsp of cornflour mixed with a little water. Stir until the sauce has thickened, then pour over the pears.
Great served with ice-cream, cream crème fraiche or yoghurt.
You won’t have to regret those windfalls ever again.
If you use ripe pears, reduce the cooking time until the pears become slightly soft but not mushy.