Poire belle Hélène: Poached Pear with Chocolate Sauce
Recipe Type: Dessert
Serves: 6 servings
Simply spiced, poached pears have an elegant name, a rich chocolate sauce, and a simple preparation for a superb dessert.
  • 6 pears, peeled, with stems left in tact
  • 50.7 ounces (6.25 cups) of water
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken
  • Peel of a lemon
  • 1 vanilla bean pod, seeds scraped into recipe
  • ¼ cup rice malt syrup
Chocolate Sauce
  • 200 grams (7 ounces) dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 cups of heavy cream, plus extra for serving if desired.
  1. In a large heavy pot over high heat, pour in water, cinnamon, lemon rind, vanilla pod and seeds, and rice malt syrup and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce to a low heat and add your peeled pears. If the pears are above the water, place a peice of parchment paper on top to push them under. Place a lid on pan and simmer for 2 hours.
Chocolate Sauce
  1. Place chopped chocolate in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. In a small heavy saucepan, bring the cream to a simmer and then pour over chocolate pieces.
  3. Let sit for 5 minutes before stirring together. Refrigerate until cool.
To Serve
  1. Pour chocolate sauce over pear and serve with whipped cream if desired.
Recipe by Honest Cooking at https://honestcooking.com/poire-belle-helene-poached-pear-with-chocolate-sauce/