Pears cooked in red wine are a typical recipe from Piedmont, a region in Northern Italy. Pears are cooked in red wine with the addition of cloves, cinnamon, lemon, and sugar to make them even more delicious. If you want to make them even more mouth-watering, serve with a scoop of vanilla ice creamy. You will win your guests with this dessert.
• 2 cinnamon sticks broken into pieces
• 4 cloves
• 1 large lemon, sliced
• 6 large pears, peeled and cut on the bottom, so they will be able to stand on the plate
• 2 cups of caster sugar
• 2 cups of full-bodied dry red wine
• Wash and dry the pears.
• Bring the wine to a boil, with the sugar, the cloves, lemon, and the cinnamon.
• Add the pears and cook covered for about 45 minutes, at a steady boil, taking the lid off every now and again to check the level of the wine, which should cover the pears. You can always add a little water if necessary, or more wine.
• When the pears are cooked, transfer them to a platter with a slotted spoon.
• Discard the lemons.
• Reduce the syrup by half, strain and set aside.
• Divide pears and syrup among plates and serve.
Recipe and photo by Luciana Sampogna
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