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Red Wine Poached Pears

A great dessert any time of year – Red Wine Poached Pears flavored with a hint of cinnamon and lemon. An easy dessert to prepare ahead of time.

An amazing dessert - Red Wine Poached Pears! Prepare them the night before your party and impress your guests with this delicious treat.

Red Wine Poached Pears

I’m not sure what to say except for YUM!

I had never before had poached pears. I really wasn’t sure what I was in for. I could not have imagined the wonderful smells that were coming from the wine and cinnamon and lemon cooking together. Mr. Quart commented that it smelled almost like Germany at Christmas time. The mulled wine filled my house with a pleasant perfume.

I wish I had a scented candle that smelled like that!

Red Wine Poached Pears
Recipe type: Fruit
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Red Wine Poached Pears are full of flavor. Makes a great Summer or Fall dessert.
  • 4 Pears, ripe but still firm
  • 1 ½ Cups Water
  • 1 ½ Cups Red Wine
  • ¾ Cup Sugar
  • 1 Lemon, sliced
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  1. Peel Pears. Cut in half lengthwise, remove seed center, stem and blossom end.
  2. In a large sauce pan, add the water, wine, and sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and add pears, lemon and cinnamon. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Turn pears over and continue to simmer for another 5 minutes.
  3. Poaching Pears is easy to do and they taste great!
  4. Remove pears and place flat in a container. Continue to cook the red wine sauce over high heat until it reduces by half and becomes more syrupy. This should take 20 minutes
  5. Pour wine sauce through a strainer over the pears. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Serve these Red Wine Poached Pears with a scoop of ice cream or some whipped cream. They are so good!

Now for the taste of the Poached Pears – O.M.G! Amazing! I was lucky to have gotten through photographing these without eating them all! I guess I was always nervous and scared to try a poached pear. I don’t know why… I’ve been missing out!

I just “paired” these up with some fresh whipped cream and a few lemon twists to garnish.

Poached pears are not difficult to make. Give it a try for your dinner party. Your guests will not be disappointed! Trust me.

This post is part of a three part recipe series. Check out the Homemade Quark Cheese and Red Wine Poached Pear Grilled Cheese recipes.

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Tuesday 3rd of December 2013

Karyn, The smell of Germany at Christmastime--reminds me of the warm gluhwein at the Christmas markets. Thanks for giving me the link to include in my upcoming Band Fruit Fundraiser Recipe Round Up! It will be published on 12/4/2013!

Karyn Granrud

Thursday 5th of December 2013

That's exactly what I was thinking with the wine and the spices! Love that smell. Thanks for sharing :)

Janine -

Wednesday 24th of April 2013

Pears plus wine... I don't think you can go wrong with that combo!

Karyn Granrud

Thursday 25th of April 2013

Guess you can't! I was so happy with the recipe!