Michel Roux Jr. – Pears in Red Wine

Recipe courtesy of A Life in the Kitchen cookbook by Weidenfield and Nicolson. Photographer: Cristian Barnett

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  • 6 pears, still a little firm
  • 1 bottle red wine (Pinot or Gamay)
  • 200g Caster sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla pod, split
  • 6 black peppercorns
  • 1 strip of orange peel
  • 4 tablespoons crème de cassis
  1. Peel and core the pears, taking care to leave the stalks in place. Put all the remaining ingredients, except the crème de cassis, into a pan and bring to the boil. Add the pears, make sure they are submerged and cover with greaseproof paper. Simmer for 20 minutes or until tender, then leave to cool. Add the crème de cassis and chill in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. If you want a thicker syrup, decant the liquid and boil until it is reduced by a third. Serve with crème fraîche. If you like, decorate the pears with thin strips of orange peel cooked in sugar syrup.
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