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Pears in Red Wine

I like to spend some of my free time looking around second hand bookshops for old or out of print recipe books. A lot of the time you only find the same unpopular titles but, from time to time, you will find something special or something that just appeals because it is unusual or novel. A book that caught my eye is Puddings & Desserts by Denise Jarrett-Macauley - now out of print.

The book has some nice recipes of which this is a good example.


250g (12oz) granulated sugar
125ml (1/4 pint) water
6 large pears, peeled
225ml (7 1/2 fl oz) dry red wine


  • Gently heat the sugar and water until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Add the pears and cover. Then simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Stir in the wine and continue to simmer uncovered for another 15 minutes.
  • Remove the pears from the saucepan and arrange in a serving dish.
  • Bring the wine syrup back to the boil until thick. Pour over the pears and allow to cool.
  • Serve chilled.

Serves 6

Puddings & Desserts
by Denise Jarrett-Macauley