Friday, February 10, 2012

Pears in Red Wine (Peras al vino)

Another two products that are abundant in Spain are fruits and wine. So what is better than to pair the two of them? Fall is a great season to combine them with the picking of ripe pears and the grape harvest. Some years the abundance of grapes and wine in "La Rioja" was so great that with the surplus they celebrated a festival called "la batalla del vino" (the wine battle). On this day groups of young (and not so young) people squirted wine on each other with sprayers. This celebration continues and is held June 29th in Haro, La Rioja, Saint Peter's Day. In this recipe we are going to mix both products.


6 pears peeled but keep the stem on
1 liter bottle red wine or 4 cups
4 tablespoons sugar
1 cinnamon stick
2 star aniseed

In a deep pan put the pears, sugar, wine, cinnamon stick and star aniseed. Let them cook until the pears are tender and then remove them from the pan. Reduce the wine until it becomes a syrup. Serve the pears with the syrup and vanilla ice cream.

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