Poached Pears in Red Wine Sauce

poached pears in red wine

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


  • 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