One of the most traditional desserts of Spanish cuisine is pears in red wine. If cakes and pastries used to be reserved for special occasions, pears in red wine was a Sunday dessert, which appeals to everyone and especially children, who could do something usually forbidden: taste wine (even in the dessert).
Pre-prepared desserts and lack of time in the kitchen has made this dessert almost disappear, but it is an easy dish to prepare and that includes healthy and delicious ingredients, so I strongly recommend it. Today we teach you to prepare a fantastic pears in red wine:
Pears in red wine
- 4 large size pears
- 1/2 liter of red wine
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 orange peel (without the white part)
- 1 lemon peel (no white part)
First, the pears: it can be any variety, but they must be hard, because they have to be consistent after cooking. A trick to know if the pears are going to serve you press them with your finger. If it goes through, the pear is too soft and will not hold cooking.
As for the wine, just any red wine. The one you have left in the fridge from last weekend will be great 😉
Peel the pears leaving the stalk. slightly cut the pear base horizontally, to settle into the pot.
Putt the 4 pears in a pot and watered with wine, and set it to heat over low – medium heat. Add the sugar, orange peel and lemon and cinnamon.
We maintain that heat for 20-25 minutes, watering pears every 5 minutes. As pears are simmering, with starch will absorb the wine and go tinting the color of red wine.
To know when the pears are cooked, simply tap the pears with a skewer or fork. The holder must be easily introduced into the heart of the pears.
Once the pears are cooked, remove and put the fire climbed to the rest of the wine acquires a syrup texture. Meanwhile, place the pears on individual plates where ready to serve.
The point is on the syrup tastes, but keep in mind that once you have the desired texture the wine will continue to reduce rapidly, so it is advisable to stop just before that we believe it has the texture that we like, and pour immediately over pears to stop the reduction.
The ideal temperature depends on each family: in some places it is served hot, in other cooled. Our suggestion is to try all variants of presentation that comes to mind, until you find the one you like. Alternatively, serve hot, freshly made, with syrup and a scoop of ice cream. So you will enjoy the hot-cold contrast and a dessert in its perfect time.
Do you like pears in wine? Today we offer 2 wines for you to enjoy, and although it is more likely that you will not want to lose any part of it, make a wonderful pears in wine :
Paco Garcia Seis 2012
Paternina Banda Azul 2008