Pears in Wine 

  • 6 firm cooking pears
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh lemon peel (zest)
  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon water
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2-3 macaroons, vanilla wafers or toasted ladyfingers, crushed
  • Whipped cream for garnish
  • 1. Peel pears and cut a thin slice from pear bottoms so they will stand upright. Remove cores with an apple corer. Place pears upright on trivet in pressure cooker so they will not fall over
  • 2. Mix together 1 cup sugar, lemon peel and wine.. Pour wine mixture over pears and bring to a boil. Seal cooker, bring up to high pressure, reduce heat to stabilize pressure and cook for about 15 minutes, depending on the size and firmness of pears.
  • 3. Remove cooker from heat and release pressure. Carefully remove pears and refrigerate until cool.
  • 4. Cook wine mixture uncovered in pressure cooker over high heat for about 6 to 8 minutes, until slightly reduced. Dissolve cornstarch in water and add to boiling wine mixture; stir until thickened. Cool sauce slightly and pour over cold pears; place pears in the refrigerator and chill until sauce adheres to pears as a glaze. Repeat glazing process 1 to 2 times until pears are nicely glazed.
  • 5. Mix together almonds, 2 tablespoons sugar and macaroons into fine crumbs. Place pears in serving dishes and fill cavities with almond mixture. Pour any remaining sauce over pears and garnish with whipped cream.

Makes 6 servings.