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Port-Poached Pears with Stilton Custard

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Category: Fruit, Cheese, Desserts

 Ingredients List

  • 2 1/4 c Port Wine
  • 1/2 c Sugar -- plus
  • 2 tb Sugar
  • 4 Pears -- peeled
  • 1 lg Egg Yolk
  • 1/3 c Milk
  • 1/3 c Stilton Cheese -- crumbled
  • 1/4 ts Vanilla Extract


In a 3- to 4-quart pan, bring port and 1/2 cup of the sugar to a boil over
high heat. Add pears, cover, and simmer until pears are tender when
pierced, 10 to 15 minutes. Turn pears over halfway through cooking. Lift
pears from syrup to a bowl. Over high heat, boil syrup, uncovered, until
reduced to 1/2 cup, 15 to 20 minutes. Pour over pears, and let cool. Cover
and chill until cold, at least 2 hours or until the next day. After 1
hours turn pears over in syrup. In a bowl, lightly whisk together yolk and
the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. In a 1- to 2-quart pan, heat milk until
scalding, stirring often. Gradually whisk milk into yolk and sugar. Return
mixture to pan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until
custard thickly coats back of metal spoon, about 3 minutes. Add Stilton;
stir just until cheese melts. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Let
cool, then cover and chill until cold, at least 2 hours, or until next day.
To serve, turn pears over in syrup, then lift them from syrup and set on 4
small rimmed plates. Carefully spoon syrup over half of each pear and
cheese custard over other half.

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