Saffron Poached Pears with Parmigiano Reggiano

  • Difficoltà

    Low

  • Stagionatura

    18 months

  • 150g (5oz) Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 150g (5oz) ricotta cheese
  • 4 pears (not too ripe), peeled, halved and cored
  • 600ml medium white wine
  • 50g (2oz) caster sugar
  • Strip of lemon zest
  • Generous pinch of saffron
  • 2 star anise

Grate the Parmigiano Reggiano very finely. Mix together the Parmigiano Reggiano and ricotta cheese thoroughly. Cover and set to one side until ready to serve. Put the pears, wine and sugar into a saucepan with the lemon zest, saffron and star anise. Heat and simmer very gently for about 20 minutes, until the pears are tender. Cook them until barely warm. Share out the pears with some of the flavoured syrup, between four serving bowls. Spoon the cheese mixture onto them and serve.