French Market Recipe 2023 31 Poires au chocolat Chocolate coated pears

Published on: 8 September 2023

French Market Recipe 2023 31
Poires au chocolat  
Chocolate coated pears  

Ingredients for 4 portions

  • 4 firm pears
  • 500 ml red wine
  • 100ml water
  • 100g sugar
  • 3 cloves
  • 3 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 100g chocolate
  • 250ml fresh cream


  1. Peel the pears but retain the stalks by peeling around them.
  2. Slice the bottom of the pears flat so that they stand upright in a saucepan.
  3. Use a sharp pointed knife to remove the core from the underneath of the pear, in order that the outside shape of the pear stays the same.
  4. Choose a saucepan where the pears just fit in side by side so that the liquid is as high as possible around the pears while they simmer.
  5. Pour the wine, cloves, nutmeg, bay leaves, and sugar into a heavy based saucepan, heat the liquid gently and stir the ingredients until the sugar melts.
  6. Add the pears so that they sit on the bottom of the saucepan and the liquid covers the majority of the pear.
  7. Simmer gently for about a half an hour until the pears are tender.
  8. Remove the pears carefully with a slatted spoon, retaining the stalks and keep them warm in a serving dish.
  9. Chop the chocolate into bits and add to the liquid in the saucepan, simmer gently until the chocolate has melted.
  10. Bring the liquid up to boil and allow it to thicken, about 5 minutes or less, check the thickness by coating the back of a spoon with the liquid, it should coat the spoon and not be too watery.
  11. Once the sauce seems thick enough, strain it through a sieve into a jug, to remove cloves and bay leaves.
  12. Place the pears in a large dish, or on separate plates.
  13. Pour the sauce over the pears and top with chocolate sauce.
  14. Whip the cream until it thickens.

Serve straight away accompanied by a bowl of fresh cream and a glass of mulled wine made with the Pavillon St Pierre from the Rhone valley.

Bon Appétit  

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