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Poached Pears in Spicy Apple Wine

This makes a very pretty dessert for Holiday dinner, as the pears take on an extra gold color from the wine.

Poached pear with anise star in cristal glass

Poached Pears in Spicy Apple Wine

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  • One bottle white apple spice wine, or any other sweet white wine
  • 1/3 cup superfine sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. honey
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 2-inch piece orange rind
  • 1 clove
  • 1 all-spice
  • anise star (optional)
  • 5-6 firm-ripe pears
  • mint and whipped cream, to serve (optional)



Place the wine, sugar, honey, lemon juice, cinnamon stick, seeds from vanilla bean, orange rind, clove and all-spice in a saucepan just large enough to hold the pears standing upright. Heat gently, stirring occasionally until the sugar has completely dissolved.


Meanwhile, peel the pears, leaving the stem intact. Take a thin slice off the base of each pear so it will stand square and upright in the pan.


Place the pears in the wine mixture, then simmer, uncovered, for 25-35 minutes, depending on size and ripeness, until the pears are just tender; be careful not to over-cook.


Carefully transfer the pears to a bowl, using a slotted spoon. Continue to boil the poaching liquid until reduced by about half. Let cool, then strain the cooled liquid over the pears and chill for at least 3 hours.


Place the pears in individual serving dishes and spoon a little of the gold wine syrup over them. Serve with whipped creme (optional).

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    Rosa's Yummy Yums
    December 18, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Divinely spicy and comforting! Those poached pears look very tempting.



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    December 18, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    It looks like it is going to be a great year for pears here in Tasmania. Tassie is called "The Apple Isle" as a lot of apples are grown here and pears love the same conditions so they grow well here too. I will remember this recipe when I need to use up bags of pears from my daughters huge tree as well as my own small one that is bedecked with small green pears now. Cheers for the share 🙂

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    December 18, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    I have a perfect recipe for a pear jam, outstanding! Let me know if you ever need it-)

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    Rebecca Subbiah
    December 19, 2013 at 12:46 am

    these look so good and so sweet the garnish with the mint, merry christmas

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    Te de Ternura
    December 19, 2013 at 4:50 am

    Para mi es un POSTRE EXCEPCIONAL, refrescante y sabroso, y el toque de anĂ­s estrellado le debe dar un particular sabor que lo hace Ășnico.
    GRACIAS YELENA… que disfrutes de estos dĂ­as de Fiesta, y que el nuevo 2014 venga cargado de SALUD y de LUZ!!!

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    Angie Schneider
    December 24, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I need to make this ASAP! Beautiful photos, as always!

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    Stella Rosa
    February 14, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Hi! Our team at Stella Rosa Wines loved your recipe and shared a link to it in a Wine-infused Dessert round-up on our blog at http://bit.ly/MTX0To. Thank you for inspiring us and our Stella Rosa fans with your creativity!

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