The family was split on this. Danny and Papa liked it, while I thought it was just too sweet. I didn't take a picture because poached pears just aren't worth fussing over. It was also late.
The pear-infused chocolate sauce was interesting, I guess. The recipe was from The Women's Day Encyclopedia of Cookery, 1966.
You Will Need:
6 fresh pears
1/2 cup sugar plus 1 tablespoon divided
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Peel quarter and core the pears. Place in a large pan with 1/2 cup sugar, the water and salt. Cover and simmer until pears are tender. Drain, reserving syrup.
Melt chocolate with butter and corn syrup. Add a little of the reserved syrup to the chocolate mixture and mix until smooth. Add to remaining syrup and return to a pan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla and cool. Chill both pears and sauce. Spoon sauce over pears before serving.