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Pears in Chocolate Fudge Baskets

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“I love making desserts w/fresh fruits, esp pears. This lovely dish is best served warm, so a special family dinner or an informal dinner party where you can be excused from your guests to manage the finishing touches would be ideal. The recipe source is my "CHOCOLATE" cookbook by Christine McFadden & Christine France. (Have never timed myself fixing this & the prep/cooking times overlap a lot, so times are my best estimate.)”
READY IN:
55mins
SERVES:
6
YIELD:
6 Whole Pears
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Peel pears (leaving stems attached), scoop out cores from the base & cut a slice from the non-stem end of the pears so they will stand when served. Brush all cut surfaces w/lemon juice to prevent them from browning.
  2. Put sugar & water in a lrg saucepan. Heat gently till the sugar dissolves. Add pears & the cinnamon stick w/any remaining lemon juice. If necessary, add more water so the pears are almost covered.
  3. Bring to a boil, lower heat to simmer, cover pan & simmer pears gently for 15-20 min or til they are just tender when pierced w/a skewer.
  4. While pears are poaching, make sauce. Place cream, sugar, butter, corn syrup & milk in a heavy saucepan. Heat gently till the sugar has dissolved & the butter & syrup have melted. Then bring the sauce to a boil.
  5. Boil (stirring constantly) for about 5 min or till the sauce is thick. Remove from heat & stir in the chocolate (a few squares at a time) till melted & set aside.
  6. When pears are finished poaching, remove cinnamon stick, use a slotted spoon to transfer pears to a dish & keep warm.
  7. Boil poaching liquid rapidly to reduce to a syrup of about 4 tablespoons Then stir the syrup into the chocolate sauce.
  8. Place pears in individual bowls, pour the sauce evenly over the 6 pears & serve immediately.
  9. NOTE: If you prefer to do all the prep ahead & serve cold, chill pears well & dip the bottom half of ea pear in the sauce by carefully holding the stem end or by using a fork. You'll get a "true" basket effect doing this. You can also create a scalloped effect by tilting them slightly in the sauce at intervals. If you work fast & want to get more fancy, affix slivered almonds to the edges of the chocolate sauce.

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