Pears poached in red wine

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    Pears are poached in red wine with orange zest, cinnamon and cloves in this light, classic dessert.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 700ml red wine
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 2 cinnamon sticks
    • 4 whole cloves
    • 1 strip orange zest
    • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds (optional)
    • 3 whole black peppercorns (optional)
    • 2 bay leaves (optional)
    • 6 large firm pears

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Extra time:4hr chilling  ›  Ready in:5hr 

    1. Combine the red wine, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, orange zest, fennel seed, peppercorns and bay leaves in a large saucepan. Peel the pears, and remove the cores from the bottom, leaving the stems intact; set aside. Bring the wine to the boil over high heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Add the pears, return to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium-low, and continue simmering until tender, about 25 minutes.
    2. Remove the pears from the wine syrup, cover and refrigerate until cold. Strain the syrup through a fine sieve and discard the spices. Simmer the syrup over medium heat until thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. Refrigerate the syrup until cold.
    3. Once the syrup is cold, pour over the pears, cover and chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

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    Very good. The flavor of the wine can really influence the outcome. I only used cinnamon and cloves. The wine never did become a syrup, but I poured it over the chilled pears anyway. Then I froze some for later. If you prefer softer fruit, simmer for an hour.  -  21 Sep 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was good. I used a wine that was made by Hand Craft and it was a Petite Syrah. Very fruity wine. I had to boil the wine for a long time to get it to coast the back of a spoon. By the time it was done my stove was a mess. We enjoyed the recipe. Thanks so much for posting.  -  25 Feb 2012  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I have been looking for this recipe! About ten years ago I made a recipe similar to this and it turned out fantastic. serve the hot pears with the cold syrup and some vanilla ice cream. Awesome!  -  03 Aug 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)