Friday, August 22, 2014

Red Wine Poached Pears - A Delighful Late Summer Dessert (III)

Red wine poached pears will surprise us with their elegance

If Monday we were delighted by a delicious blueberry pie and Wednesday, blackberry galettes rustic charm stole our hearts, today's red wine poached pears will surprise us with their elegance. This is a simple yet special French dessert and this recipe emphasize the pear's natural sweetness uniting it with a full-bodied red wine flavored with warm spices such as cinnamon, cloves and orange.

Red wine poached pears will surprise us with their elegance

Poaching is delicious way to highlight flavorful fruits such as pears, apples, apricots and so on. It is very important to use good quality ripe but still firm fruits. In this red wine poached pears recipe, I used Buerre Bosc pears because they retain their flagrant flavor and are firm enough to maintain their shape. 

Red wine poached pears will surprise us with their elegance

During poaching, pears become tender because they absorb the liquid so using a full-bodied velvety red wine with a touch of aromatic spices will add voice to this dessert. They will develop a beautiful pastel color and have a right balance between sweetness and acidity. 

Red wine poached pears will surprise us with their elegance

I prepared this simple and elegant French dessert as a delicious ending to a romantic dinner and I served it warm with whipped cream. It can also be enjoyed with ice cream, mascarpone cheese or crème fraiche.

Yield: 4 servings (1 pear per serving)                                Time: 45 minutes

  • 4 pears
  • 1/2 bottle of red wine
  • 1 orange, peeled and juiced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 100 g (1/2 cup) granulated white sugar
  1. Combine the red wine, orange peel, orange juice, cinnamon stick, star anise, ground cloves and sugar in a deep pot that can hold all the pears lying on their sides. Bring it to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, peel all the pears leaving the stem on.
  3. When the wine mixture starts boiling, add all the pears and bring it to a simmer. Make sure that the pears are covered in the wine.
  4. Cook for 30-35 minutes, covered, until pears are tender and easily poked thru with a fork.
  5. Carefully removed the pears when they are done.
  6. On medium heat, boil the wine sauce until the liquid has been reduced by half.
  7. Pour sauce over pears and serve with the desired topping.

Tips and Tricks:
  • Poached pears can be also served at room temperature but they can also be kept in the refrigerator and served cold.


  1. Gorgeous pictures for what happens to be my favorite dessert!

    1. Thank you! So glad you like them! It's truly a simple but yet so delicious dessert!