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From Bon Appetit, a lovely dessert for any occasion.Here's a little number you can whip up for a romantic after dinner dessert. Pear nectar can be found in the canned juice section of your market. The brand I use is Kern's. This is a nice change from some of the heavier desserts, and you still get the chocolate! Poaching time varies, depending on how ripe your pears are.
- Stir pear nectar, white wine and sugar in a heavy large saucepan over med.high heat until sugar dissolves and syrup comes to a boil.
- Add pears to syrup in saucepan.Cover pan, reduce heat to med.- low, and simmer until pears are tender, about 8 minutes.
- Using slotted spoon transfer pears to plate.
- Increase heat to med.- high and boil poaching liquid until reduced to 3/4 cup, about 8 minutes. Remove pan from heat.
- Add chocolate; whisk until chocolate melts and sauce is smooth.
- Place 1 warm pear half on each plate. Top with warm chocolate sauce. Or, cover pears and chocolate sauce separately and refrigerate up to 2 days; then serve pears cold with sauce, rewarming sauce, if desired.