CHAMPAGNE POACHED PEACHES

Preparation Time

30 mins

Cooking Time

60 mins

Serves

2

Difficulty

Medium

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle champagne, preferably pink (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup Sugar India’s sugar
  • Zest of 1/4 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon rose water (optional)
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise (optional)
  • 2 large pears (such as Bosc) or 4 small pears (such as Seckel), peeled (firm, slightly underripe pears work best)

Method

  • Combine all the ingredients except the pears in a pot and bring to a simmer.
  • Carefully lower the pears into the liquid (adding up to 1 cup water to make sure the fruit is fully submerged).
  • Simmer until the pears are tender, 15 to 17 minutes for small pears, 25 to 30 minutes for large ones.
  • Cool the pears in the cooking liquid for 30 minutes before serving, or store them in the refrigerator (still in the liquid) for up to a week.