Recipe Thursdays: Estée Lauder’s Pears Poached in Wine

In honor of Women's History Month, here's a recipe from Estée Lauder as featured in our Eating Rich: Recipes from America's Wealthiest Families , compiled by Evelyn Belienson.

Estée Lauder founded a cosmetic conglomerate and, with style and marketing acumen, built it into an empire. Her creams, perfumes, makeup, and other products are used by men and women all over the world. Not only was Lauder a successful entrepreneur, she was also a renowned hostess, and entertained such celebrities as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Princess Grace of Monaco, and Douglas Fairbanks.

Featured here from her dessert menu is . . .

Pears Poached in Wine
Recipe by Estée Lauder

Makes 6-8 servings

6 or 8 Bosc pears, peeled, with stems intact
1 cinnamon stick
2 cups red wine
1/2 cup sugar
4 tablespoons lemon juice
Vanilla ice cream, softened
Slivers of bittersweet chocolate, grated

1. Slowly simmer pears with cinnamon stick in wine, sugar, and lemon juice for about 45 minutes or until pears are tender but definitely whole.
2. Leave pears to cool in the wine mixture at room temperature.
3. Spoon softened ice cream into a crystal bowl and stand the pears around the edge of a bowl, stem up.
4. Sprinkle chocolate over ice cream.

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