Photo: Leo Gong; Styling: Karen Shinto
Serves 4

Time: 30 minutes. These pears are so beautiful, it's hard to believe how easy they are to make. You can also try the recipe with white wine or apple juice instead of the red wine, but the pears won't have the same pastel color.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a 3- to 4-qt. saucepan, combine wine, orange pieces, 1 1/2 cups sugar, the cinnamon, cloves, and 2 cups water and bring to boil over high heat. Add pears, reduce heat to a simmer, and place on top of pears to submerge them in liquid. Cook, covered, until pears are tender when pierced, about 15 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together cheese, cream, and 2 tbsp. sugar until very thick. Serve pear halves in shallow bowls, each with about 1/4 cup of the poaching liquid and a dollop of the sweetened cheese. Save remaining liquid for another use, such as making hot spiced wine, if you like.

Step 3

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Ratings & Reviews

Liz2208's Review

December 13, 2010
This was very very easy to make and delicious. I would definitely recommend for an easy after dinner snack or even for guests. The pears are really beautiful and healthy.

Bianca09's Review

April 08, 2012
We all loved this dessert! It's so light and the perfect ending to a heavy meal. I served it after a roast with gorgonzola stuffed tomatoes and roasted potatoes and it hit the spot. We are all full and very happy!

dsheffield315's Review

November 18, 2009
So very good! A hit everytime I serve this dessert.