Dried Pears Poached in Verjuice
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Step 1: Place all the ingredients except the pears in a heavy-based saucepan.
Step 2: Bring to the boil over medium heat, then immediately reduce the heat to a simmer and continue cooking until the Verjuice has reduced to a syrupy consistency.
Step 3: Add the dried pears and continue to cook on a low heat until the dried pears are soft, right through to the centre core.
Step 4: Set aside, leaving pears to cool in the poaching liquid.
Step 5: When the pears are cool, take out of the liquid and serve with a little of the liquid and runny cream as a dessert, or along side of cheese to finish a meal. Leftover liquid can be used again for poaching or in the next vinaigrette you make.
Step 6: This could be taken another step by baking a disc of pastry to serve the pears on.
Use Dried Pears Poached in Verjuice to make
½ cup caster sugar
375ml 1½ cup Verjuice
200g dried pears