There are so many talented cooks amongst Living Choice’s 2,186 residents that we thought we would celebrate the advent of 2020 by inviting them to share their best recipe. Thank you to Valerie Roy of Living Choice Glenhaven for her poached pears recipe, a favourite with her family on Christmas Day.
VALERIE’S SLOW COOKER POACHED PEARS – serves 6
4 cups red wine
½ cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 cinnamon stick
2 whole star anise
6 firm pears, peeled
Please note: for Christmas, I drain the cooked pears on a cake cooling tray. When they are cool, I make a port wine jelly mixture with one cup of water. When it is cooled down, using a pastry brush, brush over the pear. Put into fridge and then repeat a second time. It gives it a lovely shiny look. I cover the stalk with tinfoil and serve it with whipped cream, ice-cream or whatever is your choice.