4 ripe Bosc or Anjou pears, peeled
2 cups Sauternes or other sweet dessert wine
Peel from 1/2 lemon (be sure to only use the yellow peel, because the white rind will add a bitter taste)
4 whole cloves
4 ounces semisweet vegan chocolate chips
Vanilla soy ice cream
Use a paring knife or a melon baller to scoop out the seeds and core from the bottom of the pears, leaving them whole. Pour the wine into a nonreactive saucepan (stainless steel, glass or ceramic) that is large enough to hold the pears in a single layer. Add the lemon peel and cloves and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to med-low and add the pears. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until pears are tender, making sure to turn the pears occasionally for even cooking. When pears are tender, remove from saucepan and keep them warm. Return remaining liquid to a boil until the wine has reduced to 1/2 cup and has a syrupy consistency and light golden color. Remove saucepan from heat and remove cloves & lemon peel. Add chocolate and stir with a spatula to combine until smooth. Place each pear on a dessert plate, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and spoon chocolate sauce over and around the pear and ice cream. Serve & enjoy!