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  • 4 large ripe pears, peeled
  • 2 1/2 cups red port
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • -- Cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese


  1. In a large saucepan, place pears in one layer. Pour port, sugar, cinnamon, star anise and vanilla over pears, then add enough cold water to just cover them. Bring to a simmer and lower heat to medium and cook until tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. Transfer pears to a bowl. Once they have cooled, cut in half and slice each half into thirds. Continue to boil port mixture until it reduces to 1 1/3 cups, about 20 minutes. Discard cinnamon sticks and star anise. To serve place 1/4 cup ricotta in a bowl, top with sliced pears and drizzle with syrup.


Recipe by  Chef Jon Ashton.

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