Prep 25 mins
Cook 45 mins
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.
- 1 1⁄4 cups bunratty mead
- 3⁄4 cup granulated sugar
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 2 -3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 orange, zest of, cut into strips
- 6 firm bosc pears, firm, peeled, stems intact (Bartlett ok too)
- 4 ounces mascarpone cheese
- 4 ounces cashel blue cheese, crumbles
- 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.