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Poached Pear in Red Wine

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Is good food expensive? Not necessary. If this dessert is served at a fine dining restaurant, it might be. But if you cook it at home, you just need to spend a dollar or so.

Pears are in season here. Every pear looks perfect with high quality, yet sold at bargain price from supermarkets at the moment. A while back ago, when my daughter and I watched a MasterChef episode, but not sure which one, right at the moment when a beautiful poached pear dessert was presented, she asked me to cook one as she’s ever had tried before. How a big fan of pears could resist the temptation to try this gorgeous dessert? Fast forward to now, upon spotting several beautiful pears in our fridge, she brought up the same old question, then kept asking me the same question whenever she took one out to enjoy. Finally, I made this dessert to satisfy her craving. I really don’t know why I dragged it so long to make this simple, but heavenly delicious dessert.

Poached Pear in Red Wine (Printable recipe)

  • 2 pears, peeled
  • 200 ml red wine
  • 100 gm sugar, or to taste
  • 1 cinnamon stick/cinnamon quill
  • 2 strips orange rind, each size about 1x3cm

Poached Pear in Red Wine Procedures

  1. In a deep, small saucepan, combine sugar and wine. Cook over medium heat, uncovered, stirring to dissolve sugar.
  2. Add remaining ingredients into the saucepan. Place a piece of baking paper on top, cover with a lid. Reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes. Turn to other side, continue to cook 15 minutes. Repeat this step, until the pears are evenly tinted, softened and absorb the flavours of sauce. Turn off the heat and let cool slightly in the sauce. Serve pears at room temperature or still slightly warm, drizzled with sauce, and cream if desired.

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  1. Placing a piece of baking paper will keep the top of pears moist while cooking
  2. Simmer pears on low heat. Don’t use too high flame, otherwise the outside would easily be broken down while the inside is still stiff.
  3. The longer the cooking time, the deeper colour of the pears you'd get.


  1. You turn an otherwise ordinary pear into a gourmet dish. Yes, definitely, this will be very expensive in an upscale restaurant. The presentation is so elegant.

  2. So simple yet with class! Thumbs up!

  3. so elegant! This is such a classic dessert. I love poached pears!

  4. A perfect looking poached pear, just gorgeous!

  5. I have never had this, but it looks very intriguing. Would love to try this dish one day when I prepare something rather posh at home...;)!

  6. Wow - what a beatiful poached pear. I will definitely have to make this one. Your photos are simply amazing. Love your blog.

  7. Definitely! Good food does not have to be expensive. Your poached pear in red wine looks posh!

  8. I love red wine poached pear with a dollap of rice cream.

  9. This is one of those classic dessert that is so simple, never go out of date and yet mega delicious.

  10. Looks great...I must try making this :) thanks for sharing the recipe.

  11. Christine, love it! So elegant and so simple. Perfect!

  12. Wow...it looks simple and yet impressive. A great way to sue up my few bottles of red wine :D

  13. I like pears but not sure why I don't like them poached. Still looks gorgeous! Love the colour.

  14. This is such an elegant dish and looks straight out of a fine dining restaurant :D Thanks for sharing the recipe, I have never tried poached pears but now inspired to try to make some.

  15. this is really unique and elagant too!thanks for sharing this!

  16. Looks very pretty! Although I prefer to eat fresh fruit raw, I love this wine poaching pear.

  17. Looks fantastic! what kind of pear did you use? there are nashi pear, bosc pear in the market now.

  18. This is beautiful! Great recipe to try for a treat!

  19. Hi Christine, will the type of red wine affected the taste of the poach pear?

    1. Sure, the taste of red wine is crucial. Go for the type you like to drink. Then it won't let you down if you use it to cook.