Poached Pears with Chocolate Drizzle

Yield: 2 Servings

2 lg  pears, firm
3 tb White wine
3 tb Apple juice
1/2 ts Vanilla extract
1/4 ts Cinnamon
1 ds Allspice
1 ds Nutmeg
1 ts Cornstarch
1/3 c Semisweet chocolate chips
1 ts Water

Core pears & cut each pear into 8 sections lengthwise. Combine wine, juice, vanilla & spices in a saucepan. Put in the pears & bring to a simmer. Cover & simmer over low heat until the pears are just fork-tender. Combine cornstarch with enough water to dissolve it. Stir into the saucepan liquid until thickened. Remove from heat. & cool until just warm. Just before serving, combine chocolate chips & water in the top of a double boiler. Heat until the chocolate is smoothly melted. Arrange pear slices in two dessert bowls. Divide the chocolate between them & drizzle over the pears in a zig-zag pattern. Serve at once.

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