Red Wine Poached Pears is a dessert made out of pears poached in sweet red wine, sugar and spices syrup, it originated from a French dessert called Poire belle Hélène which is a nearly similar dessert where pears are poached in sugar syrup served with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and crystallized violets. The dish was created during the 1860’s by Auguste Escoffier and was named after the operetta La belle Hélène by Jacques Offenbach.
A really simple yet an elegant desert, it is sweet but not overpowering, it is fruity with hints of red wine and its really great after a very tasty meal as it give you that clean fresh flavours that lasts. A truly decadent dish that you should try!
- 4 Bosc Pears, peeled
- 3 cups red wine, any would do but goes best with fruity reds like Shiraz, Lambrusco or Zinfandel
- ½ cup white sugar
- juice from half a lemon
- vanilla bean, split, seeded
- 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
- Pour lemon juice all over bosc pears then set aside.
- In a small sauce pan combine red wine, white sugar, vanilla bean and cinnamon stick. Bring it to a boil then add the pears. Simmer for 12-15 minutes on one side then further 12-15 minutes on the other side.
- Remove pears from sauce pan then set it aside to cool.
- Simmer the left over syrup until they are reduced in half the amount, pour sauce over pears serve warm or chilled (I want mine chilled).