This past July I rolled up my sleeves and got chocolate wasted at the "For The Love of Chocolate Boot Camp" at NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Edmonton). Living up to the name "Boot Camp", the course itinerary was intense! Lessons included: chocolate basics, baking with chocolate, creating chocolate decorations, savoury chocolate applications and frozen chocolate desserts.
I eagerly flipped through our course workbook during our first breakfast and was excited to see we were to make a chocolate dessert with poached pears. I've always loved poached pears but have never made them myself. I was pleased to see that the recipe was quite easy!
This recipe is ideal to prepare for holiday entertaining. It's easy, delicious and fills your house with winter aromas of cinnamon, orange zest and red wine! If you end up making this recipe, please let me know and I'll be right there ; )
Chocolate Short DoughIcing sugar, 60 g
Heavy whipping cream, 400 g
Semi-sweet chocolate, 300 g
Invert sugar, glucose or corn syrup, 50 g
Unsalted butter, 100g
Sugar, 200 g
Red wine, 200 ml
Cinnamon stick, one
Orange zest, one
Serve with vanilla ice cream or freshly whipped cream and enjoy!