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- 2 x pears
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 cups white wine
- 1 x vanilla bean
- 50 g butter
- 55 g plain flour
- 1/8 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tspn ginger
- 1/2 tspn cinamon
- 75 ml cream
- 75 g dark chocolate
- 1 Tbls olive oil
For the poached pears:
1. In a medium saucepan combine water, sugar and wine and stir over low heat until sugar dissolves. Add in vanilla bean.
2. Peel the pears with a vegetable peeler, leaving the stalks in tact. Cut out the core of the pear. Place pears in saucepan and bring to a simmer. Place lid on saucepan. Pears will be ready when they are soft – time can vary from 1/2 hour to 2 hours depending on ripeness of pears.
3. Once pears are poached allow to cool in the poaching liquid.
To make crumble:
4. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Combine butter, plain flour, brown sugar, ginger and cinamon in a food processor and process until like breadcrumbs. Place in a shallow tray and bake for 10 – 15 minutes until browned. This mixture can be crumbled. Allow to cool.
To make chocolate mousse:
5. Whip cream to soft peak stage.
6. Place chocolate in a bowl over a pot of simmering water and stir until melted. Stir in olive oil, stirring constantly. Fold chocolate mix into cream gently.
Drizzle the plate with some melted chocolate. Place some crumble on the plate, top with poached pear. Put a scoop of mousse on plate also.
I love poached pears – and the combination of chocolate and pears is just heavenly.
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This recipe was very easy to follow, the pears I cooked were soft, creamy chocolate mousse and crunchy crumble, delicious.
Pear and chocolate just go so well with each other.
I saw this photo in Recipe + magazine and thought it looked great. Can’t wait to try the olive oil trick in the chocolate mousse!
Thanks Julia, I hope you enjoy this.
Now that pear season has truly begun, I look forward to trying this one day.