Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce for Dessert
Helen of Troy was known for her great beauty. In Greek mythology, she was Zeus and Leda’s daughter and was said to have been the most beautiful woman in the world. She wasn’t without her issues, though. Just read up on her, and you will be glad she wasn’t your next-door neighbour. She was no saint; I’ll tell you that. Continue reading here to learn about Helen of Troy and the inspiration for this poached pear with chocolate sauce recipe.
Poires Belle Hélène
- 4 Small Firm-Ripe Pears Bartlett or Bosc
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1/2 cup White Wine
- 2 tbsp Heavy Cream
- 1/4 tsp Unsalted Butter
- 1 1/2 oz Bittersweet Chocolate 72% cacao, chopped
- 1 tbsp Milk 1%, 2%, or whole
- Vanilla Ice Cream
- Mint Leaves
- Put the sugar, wine, and 2 cups of water in a small saucepan just big enough to fit the pears. Bring to a simmer and stir to dissolve the sugar.
- Peel the pears, then core them from the bottom; level the bottom so that they stand up well. Add the pears to the saucepan, and then add more water to make sure the pears are covered. Bring back to a simmer and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until pears are easily pierced with the tip of a paring knife. The pears will tend to bob around and should be turned from time to time. When they are done, remove from the heat and allow to cook in their liquid. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- To make the chocolate sauce, place the cream and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the chocolate and stir until the chocolate is melted and you have a smooth sauce. Add the tablespoon of milk to loosen, as it will be thick.
- To plate, drain the pears and pat them dry. Divide the chocolate sauce among four dessert plates, off-center to one side. Place the pear in the puddle of sauce, and add some ice cream on the other side. Garnish with mint, and serve. (For my mint garnish, I kept the stem and two perfect leaves, used a tiny skewer to make a hole in the pear near the stem, then inserted the mint stem.)