Red Wine Poached Pears

Poached Pears

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 prepared in ice cream machine, 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!

Red Wine Poached Pears
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Serves: 4
  • 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
  1. Pour lemon juice all over bosc pears then set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. Remove pears from sauce pan then set it aside to cool.
  4. 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).



31 Responses

  1. looks very classy…stunning

  2. nors says:

    Bro…. Pang master chef na yan ha…

  3. I love pears in red wine and yours look absolutely perfect! I usually serve mine with double cream.
    🙂 Mandy

  4. Villy says:

    Oh, this looks like a winner for a dinner with friends! Very classy!

  5. Joanne says:

    WOW, those are truly stunning!!! What a showstopper.

  6. I love this dessert so much both for the taste and becuase it reminds me of my now, long gone, godmother who often made this! Happy memories 🙂 Your photo is stunning…

  7. Great looking dessert that I’m all about. Toss those pears in some Zin and delish!

  8. PolaM says:

    I just discovered poached pears and they are delicious!

  9. That photograph is stunning. Takes my breath away! The pear looks fabulous!

  10. Sol says:

    Great for cleaning taste buds especially after eating strong taste of flavours!

  11. I have seen this recipe around for awhile now and wondered how it would taste. It just looks amazing

  12. Kristy says:

    Your picture is outstanding! We made these very early in our blogging adventure and I believe they got 4 spoons from all of us! 🙂

  13. Jay says: is a tasty delight..great post..!
    Tasty Appetite

  14. meri says:

    I’ve always meant to do this but never have. I almost think they look like little hershey’s kisses dyed red!

  15. I have only have this at a restaurant, but not at home. I keep hearing it’s easy to make, but the fact that I don’t drink much alcohol and it’s elegant dish (hard to believe it’s so easy!), I have not tried making it. Everyone who makes said it’s a must. I keep the recipe handy in case I decide to make it. =)

  16. Stefanie says:

    These are absolutely stunning! I made something like this years and years ago, and I have no idea what happened to the recipe. I’ll have to try these so I have a new red wine poached pear recipe 🙂

  17. Amazing and love the pics so badly.

  18. Love the gorgeous bright red!

  19. Breathtaking photo Raymund, and a simple yet sophisticated dessert. Very chic indeed.

  20. I adore poached pears! I’ve only used juice / sugar … duh! of course I should try wine! Thanks for the recipe!

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