Recipe Red Wine Poached Pears

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  • Red Wine Poached Pears
  • 4Servings
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  • 244 kCal
    Per serving
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  • Category : Dessert
  • Sub-category : Fruits
  • Difficulty : 1
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Warning ! This is not the good season to make this recipe ! See other recipes (Dessert) recommended for this season



  • 1 large pot or saucepan
  • 1 apple corer or melon baller (for whole pears)
  • 1 colander
  • 1 fruit bowl or 4 individual bowls


  1. If you want to serve the pears whole: peel the pears, but do not remove the stems. Carefully remove the seeds from the pear starting at the bottom of the fruit, using an apple corer or melon baller
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    You can also serve the pears cut in half or in quarters and remove the seeds with a knife.

  2. Bring the wine and sugar to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the cloves, pepper, cinnamon, orange zest and vanilla bean for flavoring
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    Add the pears to the saucepan, lower the heat and cook for about 15 minutes over low heat. Keep an eye on your pan - the pears should remain slightly firm when pierced with the tip of a knife. Gently drain the pears, saving the wine, and place them in a compote dish or in four bowls

  3. Pass the wine through a strainer to remove the spices then thicken it by letting it boil gently in the pan until you have a desired syrupy consistency (about 10-15 minutes)

  4. Drizzle the pears with the wine syrup.

  5. Serve chilled or warm.

Final Thoughts...

  • An optional last step: before serving, coat the pears with the crème de cassis and / or garnish each pear with a small mint leaf

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    Note: Prepare 1 hour in advance to give the pears time to cool!


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