Poached Pears in Red Wine Sauce

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Have you ever had poached pears? They are just the most simple and elegant dessert, not to mention…romantic. Do you want to impress your dinner guests? This, is the dessert that you put on the table.

poached pears in red wine

There are so many different types of pears. Asian pears, bosc pears, bartlett pears, anjou green pears and more. You can use any pears you want, but I like to use bosc pears because they are so pretty. Bosc pears are in season now (during the fall and winter months), so this is prime time to make them shine. As a matter of fact, December is National Pear Month.


Poached pears are also great for entertaining. It’s one of those fuss-free desserts that has huge impact. Serve it with whipped coconut topping, a scoop of dairy free vanilla ice cream or just as it is in all its delicious. I poached these beauties in red wine but you could just as easily use white wine as well.

Cheers to tasty desserts that are easy on the waistline.

poached pears in red wine


Poached Pears in Red Wine Sauce

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Poached pear in red wine sauce. This dessert is simple elegance in a plate.

  • Author: Lisa
  • Prep Time: 24 hours
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 24 hours 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 4 bosc pears
  • 1 bottle red wine (750ml merlot)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • zest of one lemon


  1. Rinse pears and cut 1/2 inch off of the bottoms
  2. Add cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf, vanilla, lemon zest and sugar to wine
  3. Simmer for 5 minutes on medium low heat
  4. Carefully add pears to wine and simmer for about 20 minutes
  5. Let pears cool in poaching liquid and place in refrigerator over night (preferably at least 24 hours)
  6. When ready to serve, reserved poaching liquid can be be reduced (boiled for about 20 minutes) to thicken and generously poured over the top of the pears.
  7. Garnish with lemon zest as desired

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Original February 2016. Updated December 2019.

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