Marie Viljoen's spiced pears roasted in red wine
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: International
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Serves: 6-8
This simple dessert recipe is deliciously Christmassy and naturally gluten-free
  • 12 small pears peeled
  • 2 cups red wine
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 6 whole cloves
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F).
  2. Halve and core the pears (I used a melon baller to core them, which makes pretty, round hollows) and arrange in a heavy pan or roasting dish, cut side up.
  3. Mix the wine, sugar and spices so that the sugar melts a little and pour over the pears.
  4. Place in the oven uncovered for two hours, spooning the wine over the pears about every 30 minutes.
  5. Serve hot, or cool, with cardamom-infused whipped cream.
  6. Can be made in advance and kept in the fridge in a sealed container for up to two days.
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