I just adore pears…and wine, so what could be a more perfect pudding than poached pears. These pears are a little different because I bought a few extra bottles of mulled wine after the Christmas rush and put them aside for a rainy day, or a snowy day in February.
Why mulled wine? Well, all the flavours that you would otherwise add to poached pears are already in the wine, so literally nothing to add except pears. Now, I know that there are people out there who dislike mulled wine, some say it tastes like potpourri, sadly I’m not one of them. I’m such a sucker for a glass of warm mulled wine, it may be because my first glass (or paper cup) of the year is always out choosing our Christmas tree, and along with the spicy aroma of cinnamon is the underlying excitement of the upcoming festive season.
You could be like me who uses a ready made bottle which I buy from my local farm shop, but they can have added sugar so do read the label. If you can’t find one that is low in sugar then use a bottle of red wine and add a box of premixed mulled wine spices.
In my case, Christmas is now long gone, but I still believe a little tipple of mulled wine is good for a poached pear. So if I can give you some advice, stash a few boxes of spices or low sugar bottles away after the Christmas rush, and see your guests come to life with a taste and smell of happy festive times.