I am a huge fan of red wine, so this is one of my favorite desserts of all time. I think poached pears look so elegant and classy, even though it is an extremely easy recipe to make. The wine gives them such a beautiful color and rich taste. This time I mixed the wine with a little pomegranate juice and they came out so great! I recommend using a wine you would drink, but not a very expensive one, since the juice and sugar added will make them taste great anyway. You can serve them on their own with the delicious resulting syrup, or add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The syrup is so good, you could make it on its own and use it over pancakes, waffles or ice cream.
Pears Poached in Red Wine and Pomegranate Juice
- 4 pears
- Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 30 Minutes Total time: 40 min
- 4 pears, peeled but with stem intact
- 3 cups of water
- 2 cups of red wine
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- 3/4 cup sugar
- Combine water, wine and pomegranate juice in a medium saucepan.
- Add the sugar, mix well and heat on medium, until sugar dissolves.
- Cut a small slice on the bottom of the peeled pears so they stand up straight.
- Place the 4 pears standing on the bottom of the saucepan with the poaching liquid.
- Simmer on low heat for 30 minutes, until the pears are cooked through. Be careful not to overcook them, or they will fall apart.
- Remove pears and transfer them to a bowl
- Increase the heat on the poaching liquid and continue cooking until reduced to approximately 2 cups.
- Add a slurry of 2 tsp cornstarch and 1/4 cup water if you think you need a heavier syrup, and cook for 5 minutes more.
- Serve pears alone with the syrup, or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and syrup on top
- I sometimes just make the syrup without the pears and keep it in the fridge for pancakes, waffles or to eat over ice cream!
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