This month’s recipe comes from Food24, a summery dish of pears poached in saffron and white wine. Sounds decadent, served with a chocolate ganache, pistachio nuts and ice cream!

Pears poached in white wine

Ingredients: (serves 6)
6 small pears
750ml white wine (we recommend a fruity Excelsior Sauvignon Blanc)
1 pinch of saffron
160ml sugar

Chocolate ganache
75ml cream
150g dark chocolate

To serve:
50g unsalted pistachios (crushed)
Good quality vanilla bean ice cream

Bring the cream to the boil in small saucepan, turn the heat right down and break in the chocolate. Stir until you have a silky chocolate ganache.
Pour into a bowl and put in the fridge to set.
Core and peel the pears.
Put pears into a deep saucepan, pour in sugar, wine, water and saffron.
Cover and simmer for 20-25 min, turning pears occasionally to ensure even colouring, until pears are just soft, but not mushy, remove pears and boil syrup uncovered for a further 15 minutes until reduced and thickened.
Serve warm or cold with lashings of ice cream, chocolate ganache, syrup and crushed nuts.


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