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Found recipe in Irish Abroad which says: Pears are often poached in red wine or port, which adds both color and flavor, but I find them even sweeter when the poaching liquid is made with Bunratty Mead. The silky cheese accompaniment - a blend of Irish blue cheese and Italian mascarpone, a soft, triple-cream cheese - is a luxurious addition. Can't wait to try this. Posted for ZWT8 Ireland.
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring the mead, sugar, water, cinnamon sticks, and orange zest to a boil. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is syrupy.
- Reduce the heat to low, add the pears, and simmer, covered, for 25 to 35 minutes, or until the pears are tender. Turn the pears with tongs 2 or 3 times during cooking.
- Remove from the heat and let the pears let cool in the poaching liquid.
- Strain the liquid.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the mascarpone and blue cheese until blended.
- To serve, stand a pear in the center of each of 6 dessert plates, spoon some syrup over them, and place a dollop of the cheese mixture next to each.