Poached Orange Pears

This recipe can be made a day ahead. Not suitable to freeze. Suitable to microwave.

Ingredients (Serves 4):

4 small ripe pears, peeled
1 orange
3/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup of castor sugar
1/4 cup of brandy
2 teaspoons of honey
1 tablespoon of brandy, extra
1/3 cup of fresh orange juice, extra

Poached Orange Pears

Trim base of pears so pears will sit flat. Use vegetable peeler to remove rind from orange, cut rind into fine strips; reserve. Combine juice, sugar and brandy in pan, stir over a low heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to boil, boil uncovered for 3 minutes. Stand pears upright in orange syrup, cook uncovered for 15 minutes. Remove pears to serving dishes, reserve 1 cup of poaching liquid. Combine reserved poaching liquid with honey in pan, bring to boil, boil uncovered for 3 minutes. Combine extra brandy, extra juice and reserved rind in separate pan, bring to the boil, boil for 2 minutes. Stir orange mixture into poaching liquid; spoon over pears.