Poached pears in red wine

This vibrant dessert uses delicious South African pears and is enlivened by a glug of Cointreau
Poached pears in red wine
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 750 ml red wine
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • ½ lemons, zest only
  • pinches ground cloves
  • 2 tbsp Cointreau
  • 8 Forelle pears, peeled, leaving stalks
  • 300 g sugar


1. Place the red wine in a large saucepan and bring to the boil.

2. Reduce the heat and add the cinnamon sticks, lemon zest, ground cloves
and Cointreau and simmer for 5 minutes.

3. Add the pears and sugar.

4. Partly cover and simmer over a very low heat for 1 hour until the pears are tender.

5. Carefully remove the pears and place in a serving dish.

6. Strain the remaining red wine mixture and return to the saucepan. Bring to the boil and cook briskly until it reduces and thickens into a syrup.

7. Pour the red wine syrup over the pears. Serve warm or cold with Greek
yoghurt or cream.

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