Red Wine Poached Pears

I really wanted to use wine in one of my recipes and I was looking through a recipe book I have and found these Red Wine Poached Pears. They sound super fancy don’t they? Luckily they are easy to make.IMG_1793

A dry red wine like Merlot or Cabernet is best to use for this recipe. The leftover wine was VERY sweet, but reminded me of a mulled wine with the spices.

Red Wine Poached Pears

Putting it over vanilla ice cream would be the best choice. Adam and I were craving chocolate and cookies so we chose a chocolate cookie ice cream, which tasted really good with the leftover red wine sauce.

Red Wine Poached Pears

Red Wine Poached Pears 

red wine poached pears

Serves: 6


  • 6 firm pears, peeled
  • 1 bottle dry red wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 1/3 C sugar
  • Optional: Ice Cream for serving


  1. Combine wine, spices and sugar in a large sauce pan and stir over medium heat until dissolved and it comes to a simmer
  2. Add pears and return mixture to a simmer on reduced heat for 25 minutes until pears are easily pierced with a knife
  3. Remove pears from sauce pan and continue boil liquid until it is reduced in half.
  4. Serve pears alone cooled or warm over ice cream and drizzle with poaching liquid.

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