This divine, Italian dessert is simple and delicious. 


  • 125g caster sugar

  • 500ml red wine

  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon

  • optional - 2 star anise

  • 6 hard pears, peeled, cored and sliced in half lengthways, stalks intact

  • Mascarpone


  • 1.

    Put sugar, wine and 500ml water, cinnamon, and the star anise in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat until sugar has dissolved.

  • 2.

    Add the pears, making sure they are fully submerged. Bring to the boil, lower the heat and simmer for 10 mins.

  • 3.

    Remove from the heat and leave the pears to cool in the liquid. Approx 30 mins.

  • 4.

    Remove the pears from the liquid and place in serving dish. Boil wine mixture over a high heat until reduced by half and leave to cool before pouring over the pears - serve with mascarpone

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