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I’m such a fan of Fall/Winter and it just can’t get here soon enough!  It conjures up images in my mind of warm fires, sweet winter fruit…and lots and lots of booze.  🙂

Gone are the days when we needed to hide our love of libation, our thrill of the swill, our buzz from the suds.  This is a new day and age, and we can openly embrace all things tipsy with pride, darn it.  And clearly I have NO shame!  I’ve managed to take a wholesome, sweet treat and once again corrupt it in the most delicious and decadent way ever…sorry Mom.

Take your typical high-class, mom and dad ‘back-in-the-day’ favorite..the poached pear for example~ you know, the dessert that screams “I want to impress you without working for it” fare from the 70’s,,lol!  That old-timey pear needed some personality, some spunk and sass.. dontcha think?  Well, I thought so…and so here we are!

I give you a plump, succulent, and super fun version of those soft, tender pears with the simple addition of one of our all-time favorite cocktails~  Rum & Coke!

~Your spoon literally sinks down deep and smooooth into that plump pear and bursts warm saucy goodness as it melts Rum & Coke deliciousness into your mouth, one slurpy bite at a time.  ~Aaahh…take a moment if you need.  🙂

 Top them with a drizzle of Marscarpone Cream and/or ice cream and now you’ve totally outdone yourself and your guests will be making themselves very comfortable on your couch waiting for seconds thirds…so serve with caution. 🙂

And..make LOTS!

What you’ll need:

3-4 pears..  There will be enough liquid for approx. 8 pears or so. .. I made 3.

4 cups Coke

1/4 cup Rum

1 cup sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup mascarpone

2 tsp. heavy cream

cinnamon ..optional for sprinkling before serving.

Directions:

Peel the pears, leaving the stem on for the sake of pretty… also remove the small hard bottom end from the pear.

In a medium pot simmer the coke and the sugar until the sugar is blended well and completely dissolved…

Then add in the Rum…

Place the pears in the coke mixture and simmer for 25-30 minutes OR until the pears are very soft, stirring occasionally to evenly coat the pears…

While they’re poaching, prepare the mascarpone cream..aka > my favorite part..lol

Simply mix the mascarpone with the cream until smooth and thick, don’t add too much cream, you want it thick.  You may also want to sweeten it up a bit with a punch of sugar, or a splash of vanilla… it’s up to you.

Serve the pears warm… with an extra splash of that rum & coke sauce all over the top ..

So tender and amazing!

And with a nice drizzle of that mascarpone cream, and a dash of cinnamon on top if you’d like.

That’s what I’m talking about.  ~Enjoy!  🙂

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