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Pears Poached in Red Wine

Carolyne 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 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
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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