Poached Pear with Cream
ready in 1 hr 15 min.
How healthy are the main ingredients?Pear
Peel and core the pears through the bottom, leaving the stem intact.
In large saucepan over medium-high heat, add the wine, lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon stick and bring to a boil. Simmer gently for about 10 minutes, to incorporate flavors and dissolve the sugar. Remove the cinnamon stick and reserve for garnish. Stand the pears upright in the saucepan. Cover and poach over low heat for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow the pears to cool, covered for 20 to 30 minutes.
When pears are nearly room temperature, gently remove them from the poaching liquid with a slotted spoon. Set on a baking rack to drain.
Boil down the poaching mixture to reduced it's volume to about 1/2 or less. The wine liquid should be of a syrupy consistency. Set pears and syrup aside.
Remove the dispenser from the box including the charger holder and two dispenser tips. Unscrew the top off the dispenser, then screw on the tip of your choice (straight or tulip) while holding in place the valve stem under the cap. Be sure to screw the tip on tightly. Make sure that the gasket (also called the O-ring) is firmly in place on the underside of the head.
Combine the cream, vanilla, powdered sugar, and Madeira in a mixing bowl. Pour this mixture into a siphon of the dispenser. Do not exceed recommended amount. Screw the top evenly and firmly onto the bottle. Do not cross-thread. Place a n2o cartridge in the holder with the small end visible. Twist charger holder onto head until gas is released. A slight hissing sound will be heard. For a pint dispenser, use only one charger per filling. For a quart dispenser, use two chargers per filling.
Shake the dispenser 3-6 times. Turn the dispenser upside down. This is important, otherwise gas will escape and a proportionate amount of whipped cream will not be released. To serve, dispense the whipped Madeira cream into four shallow bowls by pressing on the lever. Place one pear upright in the center of each bowl. Spoon the Madeira syrup over the pear and cream. Garnish with the cinnamon stick, if desired. If the mixture is too runny, shake the dispenser a few more times and try again. If desired, the holder can be removed along with the used charger and the small cap put in its place.
When the canister is empty, simply discharge any remaining pressure in a sink or wastepaper basket and unscrew the top. The small brush that is included is useful for cleaning the tips. Do not put dispensers in a commercial dishwasher.