Yes - pears in red wine! What a combination. The sweetness of the fresh fruity pears mingling with the taste of a good red wine just has to be the most beautiful dessert ever.
Whenever you want a French dessert to impress your friends this has to be a winner. And it is so easy which makes it a bonus. It is basically poached pears but of course you are poaching in red wine!
You can make it ahead of your meal and then sit back and relax knowing you have something special for your everyone without all the stress and hard work.
For this recipe, the pears should be ripe but still be firm. A good pear to choose is the comice pear which has a really good flavour and sweetness. If you can't find this variety, any good pear will be suitable as long as it is ripe and firm.
You will see that the recipe also includes a tablespoon of arrowroot. This is much better than using cornstarch/corn flour as arrowroot does not have a taste and therefore does not change the taste of the ingredients you are using for this dish.
However, if you don't have any arrowroot you can still use the cornstarch and it will still be a really delicious dessert using this, but when you get the chance, try the arrowroot and see the difference.
You can serve your pears in red wine with a little fresh cream or crème fraiche, but they can be served just as they are, either way they are a sheer delight.