Wine-Poached Pears

Wine-Poached Pears
  • 8 servings
  • 0:15 Preparation
  • 0:25 Cooking
  • 12:40 Total Time


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  • 2 lb
    (1 kg)

    pears, firm and not overripe

  • 1

    lemon, juice only

  • 3 cups
    (750 mL)

    robust red wine

  • 1 cup
    (250 mL)


  • 1

    vanilla bean, split lengthwise

  • 1


  • 1

    lemon, sliced


Peel and quarter pears, leaving the core in. Place in a bowl of cold water to which lemon juice has been added. In a pot, combine wine, sugar, drained pears, vanilla, cinnamon and lemon slices. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 25 minutes. Cool pears in the syrup. Chill in the refrigerator for a minimum 12 hours. Transfer pears to bowls, spoon syrup over them, and serve cold.

Source: Chef Ian Perreault