Are we done with New Year diet resolutions? Might be after this - syrupy fruit and drizzled chocolate heaven
Poached pears with chocolate sauce
1 vanilla pod, split
2 pears, ripe but firm, peeled and cored (leave stalks on)
60g dark chocolate, broken into chunks
1 tbsp unsalted butter
20g almonds, coarsely chopped
1 In a medium saucepan, bring 1 litre water to a boil with the sugar and split vanilla pod.
2 Add pears and lower the heat. Simmer for 20-25 mins until fruit is soft.
3 In a small pan over a low heat, melt the chocolate and butter. Stir until smooth, but do not let it boil.
4 Drain the pears and plate them. Pour over the chocolate sauce and sprinkle with chopped almonds.
This recipe is part of an intimate, easy-does-it menu for two, page 25 of February’s The Simple Things. Other recipes include Mushroom and parmesan filo pouches, Fish en papillote, Pilaf, and Kir Royale.