Culture Street


Pears poached in moscato

On April 17, 2014

Serves 6
Prep: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes

750 ml bottle moscato or sweet cider
1 tsp vanilla paste or seeds of 1 vanilla bean
˝ cup caster sugar
6 firm Beurré Bosc pears
vanilla ice-cream, to serve
easy chocolate sauce (see below), to serve

Combine the moscato, vanilla and sugar in a large saucepan with 2 cups water and bring to the boil.
Meanwhile peel the pears (leaving them whole), and gently lower them into the warm poaching liquid. Cover the pan with a layer of baking paper (to protect against discolouration) and simmer for about 25 minutes.

Remove poached pears from the pan and serve drizzled with chocolate sauce. These poached pears are gorgeous served at room temperature with a little vanilla ice-cream and some warm chocolate sauce (see recipe below).

Honestly, this is one of the easiest desserts you can make – it presents well, tastes amazing and keeps on giving in the form of a litre or so of leftover poaching liquid that can be reduced and used as a syrup or cordial.

To make the easy chocolate sauce (or, by its more formal name, ganache), pour 1 cup pouring cream into a saucepan and bring it just to boiling point. Remove from the heat and break in 200 g chocolate (dark, milk or white, whatever you prefer). Stir until the chocolate melts and bingo, you have a rich, glossy, wonderful sauce that transforms even a bowl of ice-cream to fancy-pants status. Makes about 1˝ cups of sauce.

Recipe and images from Local is Lovely by Sophie Hansen, Hachette Australia, $35.00, out now.

You Might Also Like



This may be my favourite recipe for feeding a crowd; I absolutely adore it. Each bite is bursting with so much flavour and everyone I’ve served this to loves it,...

On February 19, 2016


Outdoors Thai Green Curry

Okay, this may be radical, but Thai curry can be great for a barbecue. Instead of being poached in a spicy bath, the ingredients are seared on the barbie and...

On January 8, 2016


Best Books on Food and Drink

'Tis the season to be merry. Food and drink are a big part of the festivities and we have selected our favourites for this season.

On November 23, 2016


Sticky Banana and Coconut Granola

I made this one fine morning when living in LA. It kind of happened accidentally and it was a

On February 3, 2017


Passionate cook Rebecca Sullivan on the new 'granny skills' movement

A passionate home cook, Rebecca Sullivan has worked with some of the most interesting food producers, launching the Real Food Festival in London and the Slow Food Nation in San...

On April 4, 2013


Christmas Traditions: Mince Pies

On 25 December 1662, Samuel Pepys described his Christmas feast:

On December 9, 2015
Copyright © 2012 - 2020 Culture Street