Red Wine Poached Pear
6 firm pears, peeled, cored, and rubbed with fresh lemon
2 oranges zested (zest cut into 1" strips)
2 Bottles Red Wine (The Black Dog® works very well)
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon whole cloves
10 cardamon pods
4 cinnamon sticks
1 cup sugar
Poach the fruit. Combine all the ingredients in a large pot over medium heat, adding water to cover pears if necessary. Bring to a steady simmer. Reduce heat to maintain the simmer until fruit is tender, about 45 minutes. Remove fruit from poaching liquid (or store fruit in poaching liquid in refridgerator until ready to use).
Make the syrup. Strain the poaching liquid into a large pot and cook over high heat until reduced by 1-1.5 cups. Drizzle the syrup over the pears and serve immediately.