Red wine poached pears

    2 hours 10 min

    A simple, but delicious recipe for poached pears in red wine. You only need a handful of ingredients. You can eat the pears as a dessert, but in the Netherlands we traditionally eat stewed pears as a side dish for Christmas. I prefer them cold.


    Washington, United States
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    Serves: 4 

    • 4 large and firm pears
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • rind of 1 orange, preferably organic
    • 1 bottle red wine

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:2hr  ›  Ready in:2hr10min 

    1. Peel the pears, cut them in quarters and remove the core (or leave them whole, with the stem on, for a more festive presentation).
    2. Place the pears in a saucepan and add sugar, cinnamon stick and orange rind. Pour in the wine until pears are completely covered. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook gently up to 2 1/2 hours until they're completely soft, and deep red in colour. The amount of time you cook the pears will depend on the firmness and variety. Ensure you cook gently so that they retain their shape. Gentler, longer cooking helps to not only keep their shape, but to ensure that the red colour permeates the entire pear. If you remove the pears too soon, they will still be white in the centre.
    3. Once cooked to your liking, carefully remove the pears from the cooking liquid with a slotted spoon. Serve the pears warm or cold.

    Pear varieties

    In the Netherlands, the Gieser Wildeman pear variety is a good choice for this recipe, and they can sometimes be found in the UK. For a local choice, simply choose the firmest pears you can find. The Williams variety can be a great choice.


    Red wine poached pears
    Red wine poached pears

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    Very similar to my Dutch mother’s recipe! I added 1 tsp ginger and 1 tsp cloves. I used unripe Bosc pears. Simmering time would need to be reduced with ripe pears (my mother only simmers for 20 min).  -  18 Nov 2018  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)