special dessert every Christmas
This dessert is so delicious. Has been a family tradition to make this for Christmas Eve for at least a decade now. The only thing I do different is I use just enough juice to cover the pears, since i don't like to waste all that juice. THe amount of chocolate sauce per pear is perfect. We usually each eat half a pear on Christmas Eve, and the other half Christmas Day (it's a pretty filling dessert). I save the extra pear halves in the pot with the juice in the fridge overnight. The next day I heat the pot just enough to warm them for eating. Same with the chocolate sauce. Easy recipe, and so delicious.
Won the Thanksgiving Cranberry Cook-off!
We get together with another family each Thanksgiving and pick a secret ingredient that has to go together with cranberries. This year the secret ingredient was chocolate. I won, hands down. My wife, who doesn't readily compliment my desserts, says we should put this recipe on our "dish list" to make again and again. Pretty easy, although 15 minutes of simmering wasn't nearly enough to soften the Bartlett's we bought; it was more like 30 minutes, and I substituted dark chocolate chips. BIG HIT!
delicious chocolate sauce
I'm going to admit I haven't made the pears, but this chocolate cranberry sauce is soooo good. I make it with dark chocolate instead of milk and pour it on ice cream or pound cake. yummy!