You’ll be Singin’ In The Rain after you try this lucky star anise recipe for buttery poached pears!
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Singin’ In The Rain is a musical that was written for the 1952 movie, and was later converted into a theatre production, opening in the West End in 1983 and Broadway in 1985. The plot is centered around a silent movie star called Don Lockwood (played by Gene Kelly in the movie) and a plucky chorus girl with hidden singing talents called Kathy Selden (played by Debbie Reynolds).
You Are My Lucky Star is a beautiful duet between Don and Kathy when they finally realize that they are meant to be together. I’m hoping that you will be as equally starstruck with this wonderful poached pear recipe, spiced with star-anise!
Find a large sauté pan that has a tight fitting lid. Add white wine, Marsala wine (you could use Madeira as an alternative), butter, star anise and a cinnamon stick. Cook over a medium heat until the butter has melted.
Meanwhile, peel, halve, and core two pairs. I’ve used Anjou pears here but Bosc would also work well. Place them in the fragrant liquid, cut side down.
Bring to the boil, reduce to a simmer, and pop on the lid. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until the pears are tender, but not mushy!
Place the pears onto two serving plates, and spoon some of the gorgeous boozy liquid over the top. You could add the star anise too although they would just be for decoration, not for eating!
These buttery spicy pears are perfect when served with vanilla ice cream!