6 pears such as Bartlett or Bosc, peeled, bottoms trimmed ¼ inch
Place all ingredients, except for pears, in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Gently place pears in liquid and reduce heat to a simmer. Let cook for 20 minutes. Remove pears from liquid and serve with chocolate sauce
24 Special Dark miniatures, unwrapped
4 ounces heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
In a microwave-safe bowl, place chocolate and cream. Zap for 1 minute at 50 percent power. Remove from oven, whisk and then return to oven. Zap for 1 minute more at 50 percent power. Remove from oven, stir with whisk. Repeat in microwave if necessary, but it should be fine at this point..