Pears poached in red wine are an elegant dessert full of festive holiday spice flavor, including cinnamon, star anise, and vanilla extract. I like to serve this drizzled or drenched with creme anglaise sauce.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 pears
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Ingredients

4
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Directions

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  • Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Add lemon juice and pears and let sit for 2 minutes. Remove pears from the hot water 1 at a time and carefully peel, leaving stem intact.

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  • Combine wine, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and star anise in a medium-sized saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Rinse pears and add to the boiling wine mixture. Use a plate on top of pears to keep them submerged. Simmer until a knife very easily pierces the pears, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and allow pears to cool in the wine mixture.

  • Serve pears in a bowl, either whole or sliced and cored.

Cook's Notes:

Rather than boiling, you can peel pears with a vegetable peeler, leaving stem on, and place in lemon water to prevent browning. Try this recipe with white wine if you prefer. You could even use water or milk.

You can use 1 vanilla bean pod in place of the extract, and you can replace the ground cinnamon with 1 cinnamon stick.

Nutrition Facts

590 calories; protein 0.8g; carbohydrates 130g; fat 0.2g; sodium 10.2mg. Full Nutrition
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