Poached Pears in Red Wine

For a simple yet sophisticated dessert try Gioconda Scott's recipe for pears poached in red wine with fragrant spices
By Gioconda Scott
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 cinnamon sticks
  • zest of 1/2 lemons
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • 2 tbsp Cointreau
  • 8 small, firm pears, peeled leaving stalks
  • 300 g sugar


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

2. 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 with a slotted spoon and place in a heatproof 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.

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