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Old 02-07-2012, 05:21 AM   #1
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Pears in Spanish Red Wine

La Rioja, Spain, is neatly tucked into the north central part of the Iberian Peninsula, and is not only red wine country, however, it also produces luscious sweet little pears called Blanquillas ( tender = blanda ).

Here is a lovely recipe for dessert, low in calories, tasty and easy to make without a lot of fuss ...

Serves 4 to 6:

8 pears whole
20 fluid ounces dry red La Rioja wine ( of course, can use Washington state, Oregon or Californian red of choice )
1 large cinammon stick
whip cream by hand or can type
1 vanilla stick
3 fl. oz. of Brandy
zest of orange
2 whole fresh oranges
mint leaves
berries or fresh cherries available: black berries, rasberries and blue berries or strawberries or cranberries ( a mix )
zest of lemon
1 aromatic clove
nutmeg - a pinch to taste
sugar to taste

1) boil red wine with spices and zest and sugar ( to taste ). The recipe calls for 100 grams.
2) add the pears whole and cover, simmering until tender ( 1/2 hour approx. )
3) take pears out of sauce pan and keep warm covered
4) simmer wine until it reduces 1/3
5) add the berries / cherries and orange slices, without pith ( white parts )
6) simmer until the wine and berries / cherries thicken to a lightly syrupy texture ( without being too sticky )
7) serve the pairs with wine and berry / cherry soup and a spritz of Whipped cream topping

*** serve with biscotti and espresso

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Old 02-07-2012, 10:37 AM   #2
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I like poached pears and the other fruit addition sounds great.
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Marji, you don't core the pears when making this dish?
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Old 02-07-2012, 01:13 PM   #4
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Historic Foodie: Coring and Peeling Fruit

@ Historic Foodie,

In Spain, Spaniards peel all fruit, and core all fruit. However, if I am making this dish for company, I shall peel the pears and core.

However, if I am making this dish for myself at lunch time, normally there is a time factor and I do not core nor peel. I use a dessert fork and knife.

I also make this dish with peaches in season and sometimes peaches with white wine, real nice too.

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Half Baked: peel and core ?

Thanks for your note. Yes, I enjoy this dish alot, and with white wine & peaches too ... or red wine and peaches. Nice. It is not too heavy and hits the spot ... I do not have a great penchant for overly sweet flavors.

As I mentioned to Historic Foodie, one can peel and core fruit prior to cooking it in red or white wine ... It is cultural too. Spanish people peel all fruit and core all fruit too.

Americans do not and neither do Italians or Greeks. The peel is good for digestion. The core can be slice aside by knife and fork.
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Old 02-07-2012, 01:19 PM   #6
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My wife makes something very simular, yes she peels and cores the pear for me, I hate the sckin, also she uses sweet, very light Italian wine.
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:10 PM   #7
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Yes, all year round fruit and wine dish too !

Do try it with peaches when they come into season ... this is heaven scent. With the peaches - I use an Italian Pinot Grigio or an Albariño from Spain or a Chardonnay from France. My daughters always ask me to make it when I visit them or they come to see me.
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Old 02-07-2012, 03:21 PM   #8
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if you are talking to me, peaches are never in season in MN. They taste horible here. Unfortunatelly, becasue I love them.
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@ Charlie D: Peaches Never In Season - Minnesota

I am so sorry to hear this news ...

It is interesting because in the Iberian Peninsula, the Designation for Peaches is fairly north, in the province of Colanda, Áragon. These peaches are so aromatic and luscious too.

If I recall, Georgia is peach country in the USA. Could you order them by the crate ?

Well, pears are lovely with the red wine too ... Could you grow some under protected conditions ? ( a solarium )

Thanks for ur note too.
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A solarium might be a good idea. But if I had money to buid one, I'd simply fly to Spain and buy fresh ones.
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