Valentine’s Day is a celebration for all ages; however, after the parties at school, most children have had more than their fair share of chocolate and sugar. There really is no need for a dessert to end their day. Perhaps a little warm milk to soothe them after the excitement of treats and cards is a better idea.
However, for the adults, a sweet treat can be the perfect way to complete a candlelit dinner. Whether you choose to make a gourmet dinner or order pizza, this dessert will be a beautiful final course. Easy to make but also beautiful, this charming recipe is courtesy of Think Tasty.
Wine Poached Pears with Honeyed Mascarpone
3 pears, peeled
2 cups Cabernet Sauvignon*
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
4 oz. mascarpone
2 Tb. honey
Cut pears in half lengthwise, remove stem and core. Combine wine, water, and sugar in a medium-sized pot, and bring to a boil over high heat. When sugar has dissolved and mixture is boiling, add pears. (If pears are not fully covered by liquids, more water can be added). Reduce to simmering, and allow to cook for 15 minutes, or until pears can be pierced by a fork but still are firm.
While pears are simmering, combine mascarpone and honey in a small bowl. Remove pears from poaching liquid, and place cut side up on a serving plate. Place a generous scoop of mascarpone mixture in the scooped out section of the pear’s core. Serve immediately, as the mascarpone will start to melt.
*Any red wine varietal can be used. If using a white wine, the sugar can be reduced to 1/4 cup.