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Red Wine Poached Pear Recipe

User Rating 4.5 Star Rating (9 Reviews)


Poached pears in red wine
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This savory red wine poached pear recipe is a perfect dessert option for cold winter nights or as an elegant, "fancy" brunch dish. The recipe maximizes the pear's natural sweetness, combining it with a fruit-forward red wine and highlighting both with a touch of cinnamon and vanilla. Truly decadent!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 4-6 Peeled, Cored and Sliced Pears (recommend Bosc or Anjou)
  • 1 1/2 cups of red wine (recommend Zinfandel, Shiraz or Merlot)
  • 3/4 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice (can also add lemon zest if desired)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon


Combine all ingredients, except pears, and bring to a boil. Once the wine mixture is boiling, turn heat down to a simmer and add the pears. Simmer pears for 10-12 minutes and then turn pears and simmer for an additional 8-10 minutes - until they are tender and are easily poked through with a fork. Remove pears and let them cool. Boil wine sauce until the liquid has been reduced by half. Pour sauce over pears and serve with either marscapone, crème fraiche or Devonshire cream.
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 5 out of 5
I can't wait until it's winter!, Member mon_strosity

So we made this in the middle of summer and it was awesome! We had all the ingredients ready in the pot before dinner, and then after we ate, we cooked the pears. We had already whipped some fresh thickened cream and it was such a delicious and easy dessert. The only thing is that it says to peel and core the pears, but the pears in the picture aren't cored!! We actually peeled, cored and cut the pears in to quarters. yummy, my mouth is watering again now!

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