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Poached Pears in Red Wine

Total Time
28 min
Prep
10 min
Cook
18 min
Serves
6
Difficulty
Easy
Fresh pears are nice but sometimes, pears poached in a citrus and vanilla-spiked wine sauce are even nicer.
Ingredients

red wine

14 fl oz, fruity-variety

water

½ cup(s)

honey

cup(s), preferably mild

vanilla extract

1 tsp

peppercorn

¼ tsp, use 6 whole peppercorns

orange zest

4 tsp, divided, or to taste

pear(s)

6 medium, peeled, cored and halved*

Instructions

  1. In a large heavy pot, combine wine, water, honey, vanilla, peppercorns and 2 teaspoons zest; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until honey is dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  2. Place pear halves in syrup; cover pot and poach over a low heat, turning pear halves occasionally. After about 10 minutes, test for doneness with a fork: pears should be just tender. Poach longer, if needed. The timing will vary depending on variety and ripeness of pears.
  3. Let pears cool in wine sauce; turn them once or twice while cooling to give them a nice even color. Sprinkle with remaining 2 teaspoons zest before serving. Yields 2 pear halves per serving.
Notes
*You can use any kind of pears (or even apples) in this recipe.For a nice touch, reduce the poaching liquid by half to form a thicker syrup that you can spoon over the pears before serving.It’s easy to change the flavor, too, by adding a cinnamon stick and two whole cloves instead of the vanilla and peppercorns.The poached pears can be refrigerated, in a covered glass dish, for several days. Sprinkle with the zest just before serving.

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