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Poire belle dijonnaise

pears poached in wine and cassis-based syrup

Poire au vin

This was a traditional way to use not-quite-ripe pears that were a bit hard and grainy: peel them and use an apple corer to remove the seeds (pépins) and poach them in Burgundy wine and a bit of crème de cassis, which helps preserve a pretty red colour.

For Poire belle dijonnaise, make a hot syrup with crème de cassis spiced with cloves, a cinnamon stick and a vanilla pod, thickened with black (or red) currant jelly, and serve it with a ball of black currant sorbet or a meringue, decorated with almond flakes or raspberries.

Poire à la beaujolaise and poire au vin are similar.

Bourgogne-Franche Comté


Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Véronique PAGNIER