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Provence Gourmet: Red Wine Poached Pears

The startling colour of red-fleshed pears makes this easy, elegant dessert a crowd-pleaser. It is a perfect fall dessert, combining the late-season fruit with red wine. The pears can be served on their own or with a scoop of vanilla or cinnamon ice cream. This recipe was provided to Perfectly Provence by Gilles at Provence Gourmet.

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Pears Poached in Red Wine

blankCarolyne Kauser-Abbott
Celebrate the harvest season with this fruit-based dessert. Poached pears are easy to make and versatile. Serve with ice cream, crème Anglaise or even a strong cheese.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 4 people


  • 4 Pears not too ripe, hard flesh varieties are best
  • 2 cups Red wine
  • 1/2 Orange
  • 12 Prunes pitted
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon powder


  • Peel the pears keeping their stalks.
  • Rinse and arrange the pears standing up in a pot of a corresponding size.
  • Cover the fruit with a blend of red wine (75%) and water (25%).
  • Slice the 1/2 orange in about 8 parts.
  • Add them into your pot with the sugar and a tbsp of cinnamon.
  • Heat post and just before boiling turn to low heat.
  • Cover your pot and let cook for an hour.
  • After 55 minutes add the prunes.
  • Make sure to serve the pears individually with the sauce and prunes when cool.
Keyword Dessert, French Desserts, Pears
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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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