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