Red Wine Poached Pears


  • 2 1/2 C. Red wine
  • 1/2 C. Fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 C. Honey
  • 1 Orange peel
  • 5 Whole cloves
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks
  • 5 to 8 Whole black peppercorns
  • 4 Bosc pears, peeled and stems left intact
  • Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, to serve


  1. Set a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, and add the red wine, orange juice, honey, orange peel, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and peppercorns. Bring the sauce up to a low simmer and cook uncovered for 5 minutes.

  2. Once the sauce has been simmering for 5 minutes, add the peeled pears and cover the saucepan with a lid. Let the pears simmer in the sauce for 20 to 25 minutes, gently flipping them every 5 minutes to ensure that they cook evenly. They should be soft enough to poke through with a paring knife without much resistance. If the pears are still hard, poach them for an additional 5 minutes, then test them again for doneness.

  3. Use a slotted spoon to scoop the pears out and into a medium bowl.

  4. Let the sauce simmer and reduce uncovered for 10 to 15 minutes, until it takes on a thick, syrupy texture.

  5. Set a fine mesh sieve over a medium bowl and strain the sauce into it. Discard the spices and orange peel.

  6. Serve warm or at room temperature with drizzle of red wine sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

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