Poached Pears in White Wine

A couple of years ago I had poached pears with ice cream, and it was so good!  Since we had pears and a little wine left in the fridge, I thought I’d try it out.  It came out pretty good- the only hard part was not overcooking the pears.  I like them  a little crunchy, so you can cook them longer if you want them soft.  Also, I didn’t have ice creams, so I had to do without, but the white wine sauce on top made up for it.  Another nice thing with this recipe is that it makes the house smell nice!


2 cups white wine
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 whole clove
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 star anise
1 green cardamom pod, split open
2 pears (I used Bosc)
8 walnut halves (optional)


1.  Peel, core, and cut the pears into quarters.

2.  In a small saucepan, mix everything except the pears and walnuts.  Heat on med-high until the sugar dissolves, then turn down the heat to med so that it’s simmering.

3.  Add the pears and simmer until pears are barely done (~15 min, if you insert a knife it should go in easily).  Remove the pears from the pan.

4.  Add the walnuts and continue to simmer the wine mixture for another 20-30 mins until only half remains.  Keep in mind that the more you burn off, the sweeter the wine sauce will be.

5.  Serving ideas: Place a pear quarter in a small bowl with 2 walnuts and drizzle the warm wine sauce on top.  You can also serve it at room temperature with vanilla ice cream.  The only way I didn’t enjoy it too much is when it’s cold (as in straight from the fridge)- other than that, have fun with it!


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