PhotographyCC Chapman

Poached Pears with Chocolate Raspberry Sauce Recipe Testing

PhotographyCC Chapman

I love to cook. I always have. Yet, with everything else going on in my life I never seem to have the time to try new recipes. That being said, when I heard my good friends were putting together a Gilded Fork Cookbook and were looking for people to test out the recipes I jumped right on the chance. I figured I'd write a post about the process and take some photos as well. It reminded me why I'm not a food photographer, but I still had fun and was pleasantly surprised with how the final presentation picture came out.

The recipe I chose was Poached Pears with Chocolate Raspberry Sauce. The kids got in on helping me make it.

The first thing we had to do was to peel some pears. I had never done this before but of course it's not that hard of a task to do.

Gilded Fork Cookbook Testing - Poached Pears with Chocolate Raspberry Sauce

I've also never poached a pear, so standing them up in the pot and filling it with the lemon zest, wine and other ingredients made for an interesting little cauldron of fun.

Gilded Fork Cookbook Testing - Poached Pears with Chocolate Raspberry Sauce

Even though I had taken the extra suggested tip of cutting a flat bottom in the pears, they still all fell over once the pot got simmering. I turned them a bit just to make sure they got evenly cooked.

Gilded Fork Cookbook Testing - Poached Pears with Chocolate Raspberry Sauce

Now, I'm not sure how soft a poached pear is suppose to be, but they felt way to firm after the time on the recipe so I gave them an extra 10 minutes. They were still harder then I would have liked. I'm wondering if it is because I didn't core them (couldn't figure out how to while leaving the stem on the top as directed) and the juice couldn't get inside.

Once the pears were done, I put them on a plate and outside in the frigid night air to cool down while we got the ingredients together to make the sauce.

I'm also a big fan of dark chocolate so we had a couple of half eaten bars that we mixed in this recipe. I was also happy to find good raspberries at the store. You never know this time of year what you might fine.

Gilded Fork Cookbook Testing - Poached Pears with Chocolate Raspberry Sauce

Gilded Fork Cookbook Testing - Poached Pears with Chocolate Raspberry Sauce

Emily helped me make the sauce and she found the concept of a double boiler pretty neat. It is always more fun to have an assistant in the kitchen.

Gilded Fork Cookbook Testing - Poached Pears with Chocolate Raspberry Sauce

I had no idea how to plate these up since there were no instructions in the recipe so Emily and I got creative.

Gilded Fork Cookbook Testing - Poached Pears with Chocolate Raspberry Sauce

The verdict? Being the first time I've ever had a poached pear it was different then I imagined. I liked them, but I think I would have liked them more if they were softer. I also think I want to try making them again but without the wine to see if more of the fruitiness of the pear comes through.

I can't wait to try my next recipe I'm going to test for them.