I am temporarily (I hope) out of work so I have absolutely no excuse not to get back to putting things that I cook on my blog. This is a nice light pudding (I really dislike the word dessert for some reason), ideal for after a heavy lunch. It is easy to do, you can prepare it well in advance and there are lots of variations you can make.
The most important point is to make sure that your pears are slightly under ripe otherwise they will collapse when poached. Conference pears are best but make sure they are fat enough as in this recipe the core is removed before poaching.
4 largish Conference pears or similar hard pears
150ml white wine
I orange sliced
100ml double cream
2 tbsp. cocoa powder
Tablespoon golden syrup
Knob of butter
150 ml cream
50g dark chocolate grated
Peel the pears and carefully hollow out the core from the bottom. Scrunch up some tin foil and put in the hole so that the pear doesn't collapse while poaching. Put the water, sugar , cloves, orange slices and white wine in a saucepan big enough to hold the pears, add them and bring to a gentle simmer. Cook for 20 minutes until tender. Remove the pears and let them cool.
To make the filling whisk the cream up until thick then fold in the grated chocolate. You can add some chopped nuts if you like.
Heat the cream, thoroughly stir in the cocoa powder, syrup and butter and beat until shiny.
Once everything is cool fill the pears with the cream mixture, settle each one on a plate, pour over the chocolate sauce and sprinkle with the pistachios.