Fresh fruit makes great desserts, including these red wine poached pears. They are sweet and soft, infused with cinnamon and raspberry flavors. The pears get a bright, vivid red color from the combination of red wine and fresh raspberries.
Pear is a very underutilized fruit that is similar to apples. However, pears have a better texture when cooked and don’t dissolve as easily. In this recipe the sweet pears partner well with the richness of the red wine based poaching liquid.
The pear and sauce are very rich, so it is necessary to serve it with something to help pull this back. Try whipped cream, plain vanilla ice cream, or even full-fat vanilla yogurt. Save any remaining poaching liquid to drizzle over waffles, pancakes, or ice cream.
Red Wine Poached Pears Recipe
- 1 pear
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon dessert rub or ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup red wine
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup raspberries
- small pot
- Prepare the pear by peeling, then halving and removing the seeds.
- In a pot add the sugar, dessert rub, red wine, water, vanilla, and raspberries. Slowly bring to a simmer, stirring to make sure the sugar dissolves.
- Add the pears to the red wine liquid and simmer for 20 minutes, or until soft.
- Remove the pears from the poaching liquid then slice thinly before transferring to the serving plate. Drizzle some additional poaching liquid on top as a sauce.
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