Adam Gray's recipe takes the well known combination of pear and chocolate, but shows it's still capable of thrilling guests. Here a syrup of dessert wine, orange juice and star anise, plus a final flourish of the blowtorch, lifts the gracefully tapered Conference pears above the everyday.
Essential for bonfires, Guy Fawkes, Halloween and Christmas, mulled wine is a great way to brighten the dark evenings of autumn and winter. Adam Gray's recipe includes the expected festive spices and orange zest, but cleverly adds a dash of sweet peach schnapps.
"Sumer is cumen in" is found on f. 11v. of Harley MS 978, which is one of the world's most famous medieval music manuscripts. The manuscripts contains the fables of Marie the France, medical texts and recipes and a glossary of herbs.