Poached pears with caramel sauce
( SERVES 4 )
Photo by Babiche Martens
- To poach the pears, put water, sugar, honey, wine and lemon in a deep saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 5 min. Peel pears, cut a slice from base of each so they sit flat, keep stalks intact. Lower into poaching liquid and gently simmer for 1 hour, turning occasionally to ensure even colour. Let cool in the liquid which can be refrigerated and reused.
- To make the sauce, boil water and sugar together until a deep golden colour. Remove from heat and pour in cream. Return to simmer for 1 min, stirring to ensure sauce is mixed well.
- To make the biscuits, preheat oven to 150C. In a saucepan, heat ginger, syrup, brandy, sugar and butter until butter has melted. Allow to cool. Sift flour into saucepan and stir to mix. Drop tablespoons of mixture on to greased oven trays, allowing room for spreading. Bake for 10 min or until golden. Cool slightly before shaping around a wooden spoon handle if desired.
- Serve the pears with a little of the poaching liquid, a spoonful of sauce, a biscuit and cream.