“Found recipe in Irish Abroad which says: Pears are often poached in red wine or port, which adds both color and flavor, but I find them even sweeter when the poaching liquid is made with Bunratty Mead. The silky cheese accompaniment - a blend of Irish blue cheese and Italian mascarpone, a soft, triple-cream cheese - is a luxurious addition. Can't wait to try this. Posted for ZWT8 Ireland.”
1hr 10mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring the mead, sugar, water, cinnamon sticks, and orange zest to a boil. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is syrupy.
  2. Reduce the heat to low, add the pears, and simmer, covered, for 25 to 35 minutes, or until the pears are tender. Turn the pears with tongs 2 or 3 times during cooking.
  3. Remove from the heat and let the pears let cool in the poaching liquid.
  4. Strain the liquid.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the mascarpone and blue cheese until blended.
  6. To serve, stand a pear in the center of each of 6 dessert plates, spoon some syrup over them, and place a dollop of the cheese mixture next to each.

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