Desserts, Holiday Cooking, Holiday Recipes

Poached Pears in Port Wine

December 4, 2015

I love poached pears in port wine.  You can use your favorite full-bodied red wine if you are not a port fan.  It’s pretty easy to make, and you can decorate each plate beautifully by pairing with ice cream, whipping cream, and so much more.  See below for other ideas.


1 bottle of your favorite port
4 to 5 cups sugar
1 cinnamon stick
4 peppercorns
1 vanilla bean
Orange zest of 1 medium orange
8 ripe Bartlett pears

In a large saucepan, heat the first 6 ingredients. Simmer for 30-35 minutes and stir occasionally.  Peel the pears and place into another pan that can be used on the stove with sides that has a lid.  Pour the simmering liquid port sauce over pears. Cover and simmer about 30 minutes or until the pears are tender when pierced with a knife. Remove from the liquid and set aside to cool. Strain the liquid and cool before serving.

What to Serve with Pears:

    • Your favorite vanilla bean ice cream (if you are really ambitious homemade is always better)
    • Mascapone or riccotta filling (with sugar, orange peel and nutmeg)
    • Homemade whipped cream
    • Top with chocolate sauce or caramel sauce
    • Garnish with mint leaves
    • Serve over puff pastry, pound cake, shortbread cookie or another one of your favorite cookies that might pair well

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