Poached pears with chocolate drizzle

Yield: 2 servings

Measure Ingredient
2 larges Bosc pears, firm
3 tablespoons White wine
3 tablespoons Apple juice
½ teaspoon Vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon Cinnamon
1 dash Allspice
1 dash Nutmeg
1 teaspoon Cornstarch
⅓ cup Semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon Water

Core pears & cut each pear into 8 sections lengthwise. Combine wine, juice, vanilla & spices in a saucepan. Put in the pears & bring to a simmer. Cover & simmer over low heat until the pears are just fork- tender. Combine cornstarch with enough water to dissolve it. Stir into the saucepan liquid until thickened. Remove from heat. & cool until just warm.

Just before serving, combine chocolate chips & water in the top of a double boiler (Mark's note: or drop a steaming dish into a pot of water). Heat until the chocolate is smoothly melted. Arrange pear slices in two dessert bowls. Divide the chocolate between them & drizzle over the pears in a zig-zag pattern. Serve at once.

Nava Atlas, "Vegetarian Celebrations" Submitted By MARK SATTERLY On 02-01-95

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