Wine Poached Pears

4 servings
40 min

This beautiful classic dessert is surprisingly easy to make. These wine poached pears only take 30 minutes to make.

Whether your serve these at your next dinner party, or make a batch for date night, this pretty dessert is sure to please.

Another beautiful dish we love to serve at parties is this Pinecone Cheese Ball - always lots of compliments on this pretty dish!

You'll want to allow time to let the wine poached pears cool down before serving. You can serve these chilled or at room temperature.

Some people prefer to serve this dish chilled, so you can make this a day ahead of your party and keep in the fridge. Be sure to keep the pears fully submerged while in the fridge, to ensure even color.

Be sure to leave the stems on the pears - this really adds to the pretty presentation.

Prepare the poaching liquid, combining red wine, sugar, cinammon, vanilla, orange juice and lemon juice.

Submerge peeled pears for about 30 minutes. Find out all the special details for poaching and tips to avoid discoloration of the pears over on our site, Cocktails and Appetizers.

Serve these at your next dinner party and get ready to share the recipe. Your guests will love these Wine Poached Pears.

They're not only delicious and easy to make, they look so pretty!

Recipe details
  • 4  servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 30 Minutes Total time: 40 min
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  • 4 firm pears
  • 1 bottle of red dry wine (750ml)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Whipped cream
  • Ground cinnamon

Start by peeling your pears. Leave the stalk on the pears for presentation.
In a medium size pot, add the red wine, sugar, orange juice, lemon juice, vanilla essence and cinnamon sticks and bring to a boil.
Make sure to stir occasionally so the sugar dissolves.
Once the wine comes to a boil, add your pears, bring the heat down to low and cover.
Cook for about 30 minutes, or until the pears are tender.
Use a slotted spoon to carefully remove the pears from the pot to a serving platter.
Let the pears cool off completely before serving.
Serve it with whipped cream and cinnamon, or vanilla ice cream.
  • For presentation, be sure to leave the steams of the pears on the fruit.
  • Start the red wine mixture before peeling the pears to cut down on the amount of time they're expose to air, which can discolor them.
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