Pears poached in red wine with rice pudding and spiced red wine sauce

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Pears are perfect at this time of year and cooking then in this fragrant red wine gives then a very festive feel, making it a perfect alternative dessert for your Christmas dinner.
The rice pudding is made extra rich in this recipe with the addition of clotted cream, this richness works well with the sweet pear and syrup, but if you are just making the rice pudding on its own without the pear I would suggest omitting it.


For the pears;

500ml red wine
120g brown sugar
2 whole star anise 
2 cinnamon sticks
4 pears peeled

For the rice pudding;

200g rice pudding rice                                                                   
1.2ltrs of milk                                                                                                                                     
1 vanilla pod split and seeds removed                                                                                   
200g caster sugar
100g clotted cream


For the pears;

In a pan heat together the red wine, sugar and star anise until gently simmering.                                                     Add the pear and poach until tender ( it is hard to give an exact time as it depends on how ripe your pears are to begin), turning occasionally. The pears are ready when the tip of a knife will slide into the pear with little resistance.

For the rice pudding;

Bring a pan of water to the boil. Place the pudding rice into the pan and cook for three minutes before draining and rinsing with cold water.
Place the rice, milk, vanilla pod and sugar into a clean pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Once the rice is cooked, stir in the clotted cream and leave to cool.

For the sauce;

Remove the pears from their cooking liquid. Strain the liquid into a clean pan and place over a high heat, reduce the pear cooking liquid until it coats the back of a spoon.

To serve;  

Place a mould of warm rice pudding into the centre of a serving plate, fan the poached pear and lie beside, drizzle with the reduce syrup and serve at once.


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