Monday, January 23, 2012

Quick Fix: Lillet Poached Pears

Lillet poached pears with vanilla bean ice cream
The French aperitif Lillet Blanc made it's theatrical debut in 1967 in the film Casino Royale. James Bond ordered a martini made with Lillet Blanc, gin and vodka which he named the "Vesper" Martini.  Lillet is usually served ice cold with a slice of lemon or orange to accent it's inherent citrus flavors and is also delicious when served warm in this pear recipe.

Pears can be poached in any sweet white wine and this recipe calls for Lillet Blanc that adds a citrus note to the sweetness of the pear.  Poaching causes the pears to break down and become soft and luscious. Serve these pears with vanilla bean ice cream or a whipped cream for an extra sweet delicious dessert.

Lillet Poached Pears
4 Pears Cored
2 tbs Sugar
2-3 cups of Lillet Blanc
1 tsp Vanilla

Core 4 pears and pierce the skins to allow the steam to permeate throughout the pear while cooking.  Place the pears in a 4.5 quart a sauce pan and cover 1/2 way with the Lillet anywhere from 2 cups to 1 bottle depending on pear size. Add vanilla and sugar a then bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer covered until the pears are fork tender (about 40 minutes)

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