red wine poached pears

Red Wine Poached Pears

i have this habit of buying
hard pears
i’m hit or miss with apples
my bananas are always purchased green
i have excellent radar with avocados,
choosing the ones that will soften
within days,
but peaches and pears are always
unequivocally un-ripe.
i don’t know man.
it’s just how i like
mah peaches and pears.

dw be like, what?
so i further puzzled him
by poaching them in wine,
because as a teetotaler
he wasn’t gonna partake,
which worked to my advantage,
because it was more for me.

Red Wine Poached Pears

red wine poached pears
i made three but depending on how big your saucepan is, up to five would be fine

*note: these are not scientific amounts, it was what was on hand at the time.

3-5 pears, peeled
3/4 bottle of red wine, i used a chianti. the other 1/4 had been consumed the evening before.
2-3 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
6 cloves
1/4 cup maple syrup

use medium sized saucepan, one that can house 3-5 pears comfortably and when the liquid is poured in, the majority of the pears are submerged.

in the saucepan, add all the ingredients, except the pears. stir the wine until the maple syrup is fully mixed in. then gently add in the pears.

heat the mixture on medium, reaching a gentle simmer. poach the pears for up to an hour, turning them periodically. you’re aiming for even color and flavor distribution.

remove the pears, allow to cool.

at this point, you can chuck the wine, or cool it and make sangria. i reduced it down to make a simple sauce, but the pears were fine without.

serve when cool, as is, or with a side of whipped cream and drizzle of the wine mixture.



1 year ago: CMP – chocolate, marshmallow & peanuts ice cream
2 years ago: pull apart bread – two flavors
another poached pear recipe: spice poached pears

3 thoughts on “red wine poached pears

  1. Hi Lan, I just found your blog (and Instagram) today through Amanda from Ser Cocinera. What a gorgeous blog! I’ve been wanting to make poached pears for the first time, what a lovely recipe to inspire me.
    PS you’ll have to borrow me your radar for perfectly ripe avocados

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