Bienvenidos, amigos! We’re taking a delightful culinary journey today, right into the heart of a dessert that’s muy “especial”. Imagine a pear, gently poached in a rich vino tinto, served alongside a generous scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream. Oh sí, we’re talking about “Pera al Vino” – an exquisite dessert that will make your tastebuds dance the Tango!
Its sweetness is balanced by the deep, full-bodied essence of the red wine sauce, and elevated by a sprinkle of cinnamon stick for that extra pop of flavor. And let’s not forget the final flourish of whipped cream, which takes this dish to a whole new level of indulgence. So, are you ready to dive into this delicious adventure? Stick around, because we’re just getting started!
The Story of Pears in Wine
Pears in wine are a delicious confectionery delicacy from Rioja cuisine in Spain. This delightful dish features lightly blanched pears, peeled and cored, then halved. The choice of wine determines the beautiful shades of color, with more mature red wines creating a captivating coppery hue.
Typically served chilled, the pears are accompanied by a syrup made from the sauce, which can be enjoyed on its own or paired with cream or whipped cream. For an extra touch of indulgence, you can even add a scoop of ice cream alongside the pears.
Pairing fruit and vino tinto
When it comes to the choice of wine in Pera al Vino, el vino into, or red wine, is a classic choice. This aromatic and robust wine enriches the dish with a deep, rich color and a complex flavor profile. The red wine, along with the added cinnamon stick, permeates the pears, creating a symphony of flavors that is as beautiful to the palate as it is to the eyes. The richer the wine, the deeper the color and the more intense the flavor.
Ingredients & Recipe
There are numerous recipes and variations available. Simply explore and experiment with what resonates with your taste buds and personal preferences!
- 4 firm pears – make sure to remove the pears’ core and peel them
- 1 liter of your favorite red wine – el vino tinto for authenticity
- 200g of sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream
- Optional: Whipped cream for serving
- Begin by preparing the wine sauce. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, vino into, and cinnamon stick. Warm over medium heat until the sugar dissolves completely.
- Once the mix is ready, add the peeled and cored pears into the wine sauce. Ensure the pears are submerged completely. Allow them to simmer on low heat for about an hour. The key is to make sure the pears become tender but not too soft. The pears should maintain their shape while absorbing the flavors of the wine sauce.
- After the pears are poached perfectly, remove them from the sauce and let them cool. Meanwhile, continue to simmer the wine sauce until it reduces to a syrup consistency.
- To serve, place each poached pear on a dessert plate. Drizzle each pear with the reduced wine sauce syrup, and pair it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. If you’re feeling extra fancy, add a dollop of whipped cream on top.
- Enjoy the Pera al Vino while it’s still chilled. This dish is a true testament to how simple ingredients can create a symphony of flavors when combined in the right way.
Christmas Delight: Pera al Vino
Did you know that Pera al Vino is a specialty during the Christmas season? Yes, indeed! It’s a tradition in many Spanish families to serve this delightful dessert during the festive season.
The rich, deep flavors of the red wine, the warm, comforting scent of cinnamon, and the sweet, meltingly tender pears are a perfect match for the holiday mood. The vibrant color of the wine-poached pears even resembles the warm, inviting colors of Christmas.
As we wrap up this sweet journey, we hope you’ve enjoyed the ride as much as we have. Pera al Vino is more than just a dessert; it’s a celebration of flavors, a rich tapestry of tradition, and an indulgent treat that brings warmth and joy to any table.
Whether you’re looking for a unique dessert to dazzle your guests, or simply want to indulge in something truly special, this Pera al Vino is a must-try.