Red wine poached pears
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) good quality red wine
  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar
  • 4-5 pears (I used Williams pears)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 vanilla pod, halved
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 long strip orange peel (untreated)
  1. Peel 4 medium pears, leaving the stalk intact.
  2. Put the wine, sugar, orange juice, orange peel, cinnamon and vanilla into a deep medium pan and heat gently until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Add the pears and make sure they are fully covered by the wine.
  4. Let them simmer for about 30 mins until they are just tender.
  5. If you want pears to have more intense colour and flavour, leave them in the syrup in the fridge overnight (like I did here).
  6. Remove the pears from the pan and boil the syrup to reduce it and make it more syrupy. Cool and serve cold or at room temperature. Enjoy!
Recipe by Travelling oven at