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.
- 4 Bosc Pears, peeled
- 3 cups red wine, any would do but goes best with fruity reds like Shiraz, Lambrusco or Zinfandel
- 1/2 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).