Beer Poached Pears With Mascarpone and Blue Cheese Stuffing
So I decided to try poaching some pears. Poached pears are usually made with wine and I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to see what a beer could do. I figured a tripel might work well so I went with Victory's Golden monkey. The hints of fruit and spice in the beer were a great match for the cinnamon and vanilla I used in the poaching liquid. The combination of all of it simmering away smelled seriously good. I started by peeling and coring four pears. I filled a pot with a bottle of the beer and a bit of water so it would be enough to cover all the pears. Then I added some cinnamon sticks, vanilla, and sugar. I brought the poaching liquid to a boil, then reduced the heat and added my pears. I let them cook until nice and tender. After removing the pears, I continued cooking the liquid until it was reduced to a yummy syrup. For the stuffing I combined mascarpone, blue cheese, walnuts, and some of the syrup. I made a little chocolate sauce with cream, semi-sweet chocolate, and butter. Stuffed the poached pears, put a little syrup on them, and then placed them on top of the chocolate. Pretty huh?