Poached Pears in Red Wine

Poached Pears in Red Wine by Sigrilina -- This dessert looks elegant and is really easy to make.

This dessert looks elegant and is really easy to make. Skip to the recipe.

I love this recipe. It has become a staple at home, whenever we want to make something fancy but have ran out of time this is the recipe we make. Just make sure that the pears are not ripe, preferably a little bit green. If they are ripe they will be more like a puree than a whole pear.

It is also a very versatile dessert, you can serve it either cold or hot. In the winter month we usually serve them hot, we reheat the pear in the syrup if making ahead, with some coconut whipped cream. In summer you can serve them cold with some nice cream.

Another possible variation are the spices you add to the wine, you could use cinnamon sticks, vanilla bean, lemongrass or mint leaves or any other flavor you might want. It could also be done with a white wine like Chardonnay for a sweeter flavor. I also usually peel the pear just before throwing into the wine, but if you want to make ahead put in a bowl with water and lemon juice.

It is up to you whether you’ll let young children eat this, since you first simmer the wine the alcohols evaporate and then you cook it further so I’ll think that alcohol content should be a concern. It doesn’t take like alcohol at all.

Enjoy this recipe!

Poached Pears in Red Wine

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serves: 4
prep.: 10 min
cook: 35 min


  • 3 cups of Malbec or other red wine of your choosing
  • 1 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 star anise
  • peel of 1/4 orange
  • 8 cardamom pods
  • 4 pears green rather than ripe
  • Nicecream or whipped coconut cream
Poached Pears in Red Wine by Sigrilina -- This dessert looks elegant and is really easy to make.


Step 1 In a small pot place the wine, the sugar, the star anise, the orange peel and the cardamom pods. Let it simmer for 10 minutes.
Step 2 Peel the pears while keeping the stem.
Step 3 Cut a base on each pear so they will stand.
Step 4 After the wine has simmered, add the pears. They should be covered but as they tend to float you can rotate them.
Step 5 Cook for 20 minutes or more until you can poke them with a knife and they are tender enough to reach the center.
Step 6 Once done, remove the pear from the wine and let it reduce until it halves and reaches syrup consistency.
Step 7 Serve the pears with some syrup alone or with whipped cream or nicecream.
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