For dessert, Nick decided to do one of his favourite puddings, pears poached in red wine. I decided it should be served with a slice of rich chocolate torte as well.
We were almost perfectly organised but things went pear-shaped at the last minute as our guests arrived. So Walt pitched in to help and mixed up the torte for me. All I had to do was put it in the oven.
Thanks to Ken for this picture of the pears.
The poached pears are actually very easy to make. You simply peel and core the pears leaving the stalks on, immerse them in red wine and cook for hours and hours in a low oven. We did them the day before as they are served cold, but the chocolate cake was meant to be served slightly warm.
We had the leftover pears the next day and they were very good as an accompaniment to cheese.
If you would like to see the recipe, click here.