On dark, dreary evenings often comfort food is what we all crave. But for those trying to be good, before the cupboards are stocked with Christmas treats, a cold Caesar salad or fresh fruit bowl is not so appealing – no matter how colourful or exotic the ingredients may be. In a bid to find a dose of comforting indulgence without feeling too much guilt, here at Jules B, with the help of Vanessa Rees’ food styling blog, V.K. Rees Photogaphy, we have found the perfect recipe.
Recognised as a destination where ‘food and images meet’, the rustic photographs of these Vanilla Poached Pears with Chocolate have persuaded our taste buds that alternatives to our classic wintery favourites may exist. Achieving one of your five-a-day you won’t need an excuse to indulge in this traditional dish.
Deceivingly simple to create, poaching fruit is easy stove top cooking. Using few utensils and only a handful of ingredients, this recipe is easy to whip up on a cold winter night. Finished with melted chocolate and optional ice cream follow the recipe below to create this sweet substitute has enough indulgence to still be classed as an after dinner treat.
1 split vanilla pod
3/4 cup sugar
A pot of water deep enough to cover all 3 pears
Dark Chocolate chips
Coconut Bliss Vanilla Ice Cream
1. In a large pot, heat the water and sugar until the sugar has dissolved. Add the vanilla.
2. While the water is heating, peel the pears.
3. Slide the pears in.
4. Keep the liquid simmering (not boiling) until the pears are cooked through. It took me roughly 30 minutes.
5. Take the pears out of the water and let them cool for a bit.
6. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate chips using a double broiler.
7. Once the pears are ready, cover in melted chocolate and serve with a scoop of ice cream.