Orange Poached Pears Dipped in Dark Chocolate and Mastiha

INGREDIENTS 10 PORTIONS
  • 10 large pears, peeled and bottoms cut off (try to use pears with stems)

  • 10 large pears, peeled and bottoms cut off (try to use pears with stems)

  • 2 oranges, peeled and juiced

  • 1 large jar of Greek or mastihashop preserved orange in syrup

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 3-4 allspice berries (whole)

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 ½ cups sugar

  • ¾ pound (375 gr.) bittersweet chocolate

  • 2 tsp. ground Mastiha

  • 2 small tsp. butter, frozen

PREPARATION
  1. Place peeled pears in large pot; add in orange peels and juice, preserved orange in syrup, spices and 2 cups of sugar. Cover the pears with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, cover and continue to boil for 5 minutes. Turn off heat, continue to let poach for about 1 hour. Place overnight in the fridge.

  2. Place peeled pears in large pot; add in orange peels and juice, preserved orange in syrup, spices and 2 cups of sugar. Cover the pears with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, cover and continue to boil for 5 minutes. Turn off heat, continue to let poach for about 1 hour. Place overnight in the fridge.

  3. Remove pears from liquid, pat dry with towel or kitchen paper. Reserve half the liquid.

  4. Add chocolate and Mastiha powder to a double boiler, over hot (not boiling) water and melt chocolate. Remove from heat, stir in butter chips until melted. Placing the bowl on a tilt, dip the pears in chocolate (hold by the stem), rotating around until the entire bottom half is covered. Placing a spoon under the pears base (for support), place on non-stick parchment. Place in refrigerator until chocolate is hardened (about 30 minutes).

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