This is one of the easiest and most delicious dessert recipes for a fancy dinner you will ever find! The pears are poached in red wine and ruby port with additional flavoring from star anise, cinnamon, thyme and lemon zest. The pears are enhanced with a generous dollop of mascarpone and drizzled port syrup. Smart Recipes, European Recipes, Dairy Recipes, Recipes Dairy European Port Braised Pears Port Braised Pears Recipe | RecipeSavants.com PT1H5M Serves 6 Ingredients: 1.5 Cups Ruby Port 1.5 Cups Red Wine 1.25 Cups Granulated Sugar 1 Lemon 1 Bundle Thyme 2 Star Anise 2 Cinnamon Sticks 0.5 Vanilla Bean 3 Bosc Pears 2 Cups Mascarpone Cheese 0.25 Pound Semisweet Or Dark Chocolate In a large pan, add port, wine, 1 cup of sugar, lemon zest, thyme, star anise, cinnamon, vanilla bean, and seeds and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Add pears and simmer for about 25-30 minutes. Remove from heat and keep aside to cool. Remove pears from poaching liquid and transfer to a platter. Place pan over heat and cook until a syrupy mixture is formed. Strain the syrup into a small bowl. In a small bowl, add mascarpone and remaining sugar and mix well. Place a small amount of mascarpone mixture onto each serving plate. Arrange 1 pear half on top of mascarpone mixture. Top each pear half with a large dollop of mascarpone mixture. Drizzle with syrup and serve with a garnishing of chocolate shaving.

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