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Red Wine Poached Pears

Enjoy a lighter-than-air dessert that’s as delicious as it is glamorous. Leave the stems on the pears for added flair. Learn more about MetroCooking DC 2016!


  • 4 Bosc pears
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups red wine
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 teaspoon whole black pepper

How to Make It

  1. Toast the spices in a dry sauté pan on the stove over medium heat, until fragrant (about 3 minutes.)

  2. In large sauce pot, combine the water, sugar and wine. Bring to a simmer, stirring to ensure the sugar has dissolved.

  3. Meanwhile, peel the pears. Slice the pears in half from top to bottom. Cut the lemon in half.

  4. Add the pears, lemon, and spices to the liquid. Cook over low heat until the pears are tender and are easily pierced. The cooking time will vary based on the ripeness of the pears, but it should take approximately 12-15 minutes.

  5. Remove the poached pears and syrup from the heat and cool down by placing the sauce pot in an ice bath.

  6. Store the pears in the liquid, up to four days.

  7. NOTE: Serve with Brown Sugar Pavlova.