I was all over this one, because I love Pure Maple Syrup! It adds a depth and flavor to so many recipes. They also wanted us to show you a way to use the leftovers from our dish in a second recipe. Wait until you see what I've come up with :) I hope you enjoy these two dishes as much as I did. I was inspired by the season and found some beautiful pears at the Farmers Market.
Raspberry Wine Poached Pears with Maple Wine Reduction Ala Mode
- 4-6 Ripe Bosc or Anjou Pears
- 1/2 cup Pure Maple Syrup
- 12 ounces frozen Raspberries, thawed
- 2 cups of Orange Juice (preferably not from concentrate)
- 4 cups of Raspberry Wine (this can be substituted with a red fruity wine, or with raspberry juice for a non-alcholic version).
- 1 quart of Vanilla Ice Cream
- 6 ounces fresh raspberries
- 1 ounce of Sliced Almonds
- Fresh Mint Sprigs for garnish
Press thawed raspberries, and any juice in the container, through a strainer saving all but the seeds, for me this rendered about 1 cup of juice and pulp
|Pears sliced and fanned|
You can save time on poaching by coring and slicing your pears before putting them in the pan, and some people prefer cutting their pears into bite size pieces, the choice is all yours.
Once you've removed the pears take 3 cups of the poaching liquid and boil it down until it has halved in quantity. It will also become thicker. Keep and eye one this you don't want to burn it. After your liquid is reduced, turn off the heat. This took 15-20 minutes for me, stirring occasionally.
To plate your dish, place the pear in the center of the plate. Ladle about 1/2 cup of the reduction sauce over the pear letting the sauce puddle. Scoop the vanilla ice cream (I did 3 half scoops). Garnish with fresh raspberries, sliced almonds and a sprig of fresh mint.
This dish is easy, sophisticated and just plain delicious, Bon Appetit!
So you're wondering what I have in store for the leftovers? You're going to love it! How about a Pretty Pink Pear cocktail?
Place everything except the core and stem into a blender and Voila... this is what you get! A delicious, creamy, and pretty cocktail! You can also get this with a little of the ice cream, the reduction sauce, and a splash of the Raspberry Wine. Cheers!
I think this is definitely "outside the griddle". I would be proud to server these two recipes to any guests, and I hope you'll give them a try. Check out http://www.purecanadamaple.com/ for more ideas on how to use Canadian Pure Maple syrup, you're in for a sweet surprise ;)