Red Wine Poached Pears

pears poached with red wine on green plates


Ripe firm, small Pears (one per person) 



2 large oranges, navel or cara cara oranges preferred for sweetness 

¼ Cup Honey 

3 T sugar 

1 Cinnamon stick 

¼ t ground cardamon 

Skewer per pear 


Zest and juice one orange and pour juice in medium bowl. Slice the remaining orange into ¼ inch rounds 

With a vegetable peeler, peel the pears, leaving them whole. Add pears to the bowl wih the orange juice and toss to coat (helps from turning brown too quickly) 

Prepare a non-reactive pot such as an enamel pot that fits the pears snuggly. Add orange slices, red wine, honey, sugar, cinnamon stick, and cardamom 

Over medium-high heat, bring the liquid to a rolling boil, then lower the heat, and add pears and orange juice.  Cover and let simmer gently for 20-30 minutes. Occasionally rotate them using a wooden spoon until pears have softened. A skewer inserted in the middle of a pear at the thickest part meets no resistance. 

Transfer pears back to the bowl.  Simmer the remaining liquid for a few minutes or until thickened 

Allow pears to sit upright in the poaching liquid until they cooled enough to serve. 

Ideal to make a day ahead. Refrigerate overnight in liquid. 

Serve pears warm or cold with a bit of the syrup drizzled on top, add orange zest to garnish.   


dinner party and someone pouring a bottle of wine