Red Wine Poached Pears with Chocolate Filling


This red wine-poached pear with chocolate recipe is a perfect dessert option for the holidays, cold winter nights, or as a show-stopper to impress your friends. Just don't let them know how easy it is to make! Serve with a savory cream like mascarpone, crème fraiche, or Devonshire cream. Can be made ahead of time and refrigerated.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
6 servings


  • 4 pears, peeled, or more to taste

  • 1 ½ cups red wine

  • 1 cup water

  • cup white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 star anise pod (Optional)

  • 1 (11 ounce) jar chocolate sauce (such as Fran's®)


  1. Cut bottom off each pear and core from the bottom to give each pear a flat bottom to stand upright.

  2. Combine wine, water, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, and star anise in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and arrange pears on their sides in the saucepan. Simmer pears for 10 to 12 minutes. Turn pears and continue simmering until tender and easily poked with a fork, 8 to 10 minutes. Work in batches if needed.

  3. Remove pears from wine mixture and place in a serving dish, standing upright. Continue boiling wine sauce until reduced to about 3/4 cup, 5 to 10 more minutes.

  4. Fill each pear's core cavity with chocolate sauce. Pour wine sauce over each pear.

Cook's Notes:

I recommend using Bosc or Anjou pears.

Use Zinfandel, Shiraz, or Merlot for the red wine.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

400 Calories
5g Fat
79g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 400
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 183mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 79g 29%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 54g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 8mg 42%
Calcium 53mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 399mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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