Orange Poached Pears with Date Ricotta


2 cups water
1 cup caster sugar
Rind of 1 orange
1 cinnamon stick
6 medium firm Beurre Bosc, Josephine
or Packham pears
Date ricotta
150g ricotta cheese
2 tbs icing sugar, sifted
6 fresh dates (about 150g), deseeded
and finely chopped
Pinch ground cinnamon (or to taste)


Preparation: About 20 minutes (+ cooling time)
Cooking: About 25 minutes
Serves:  6

1. Place water, sugar, orange rind and cinnamon stick in a medium saucepan. Bring to the boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes.

2. Add pears. Press a sheet of baking paper over pears in pan. Cover and simmer for 12–15 minutes, turning occasionally, until pears are tender. Set pears aside to cool in the syrup.

3. Meanwhile, to make date ricotta, beat ricotta and icing sugar in a small bowl until smooth. Add dates and a sprinkle with cinnamon. Stir until just combined.

4. Serve pears with date ricotta.

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