To make the poached pears, place all the ingredients except the pears into a small saucepan. Half fill the pan with water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes to infuse then drop in pears, cover and gently poach for about 20-30 minutes until soft. Turn off the heat and set aside. To make the chocolate sauce, tip the chocolate drops and cream into a small pan and heat together until you have a sauce, stirring constantly. To serve, drain the pears and holding them by the stem, dip them in the chocolate sauce to completely cover. Serve on a plate and you can also serve with vanilla ice-cream.

Serves 4

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