Spiced poached pears in chocolate sauce

You won't need an excuse to indulge in this updated classic, but if you do, remember that fruit contributes to your 5-a-day!

To make the chocolate sauce, tip the chocolate into a heatproof bowl. Bring the cream, milk and cinnamon to the boil and pour over the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate has melted. To serve,...

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Cooking time: 50 Min
  • Rating: 5/5
  • Publisher: Bbcgoodfood.com


  • 750g golden caster sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 strips lemon zest (use a potato peeler)
  • 1 star anise Star anise star an-eeseStar anise is one of the central spices in Chinese cooking. It has a strong anise flavour, with…
  • 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways
  • 5 clove Clove klo-veThe dry, unopened flower bud of the tropical myrtle tree family used to flavour a wide variety…
  • piece fresh root ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 4 ripe pear Pear pairLike apples, to which they are related, pears come in thousands of varieties, of which only a… , peeled
  • 200g good-quality dark chocolate
  • 142ml double cream
  • 150ml full-fat milk Milk mill-kOne of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…
  • pinch ground cinnamon
  • vanilla ice cream, to serve

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