This dessert is a great way to use up sweet wine that may be a bit past its prime. Even if you skimp on the wine, go for broke on the chocolate.
Poached Pears with Chocolate and Wine Sauce
- 1 bottle inexpensive sweet wine, such as a late-harvest riesling or moscato
- 4 ripe pears skinned and cored
- 2 sticks cinnamon
- 6 whole cloves
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate, chopped
Empty wine in a stock pot and add cinnamon sticks and whole cloves. Bring to a simmer and add pears. Cook until a knife pierces through each pear easily, about 25 minutes. Remove pears from pan reserving cooking liquid. Combine chocolate with 1/3 cup of the cooking liquid in a small saucepan. Whisk together over medium heat until combined. Drizzle over pears.