Poached Pears in Red Wine Recipe

Poached Pears in Red Wine
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook time: 1 Hour & 15 Minutes
  • Total time: 1 Hour & 30 Minutes
  • Serves: 4


  • 500 ml (16.9 fl oz) red wine
  • 125 g (4.4 oz) sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 whole star anise
  • ½ tsp whole cloves
  • 4-6 pears, peeled


  1. In a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Add the red wine, sugar, vanilla essence, cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves, and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add the pears and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce to a simmer and cook for one hour or until the pears are tender. Turn the pears every 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the pears and put them to the side. Discard the spices.
  5. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes while continually stirring. The syrup should thicken slightly. Allow to cool slightly.
  6. Serve the pears with the red wine syrup.

Recipe Tips

  • You can also cook these poached pears in the slow cooker. They will take a little longer, but the result is just as good.
  • I prefer the pears whole, but you can halve them instead. You will probably need to reduce the cooking time to thirty minutes.
  • Thickening the syrup is optional, but I highly recommend doing it for the best experience.
  • Placing a lid over the saucepan will help ensure the pears are cooked evenly. However, I still recommend turning the pears every fifteen minutes. You will need to remove the lid at step five, so the liquid can reduce to a syrup. It will take a bit longer than ten minutes.

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