White Wine Poached Pears
I could feel a sudden change of weather. We have had kind of wet and stormy weather for the past 2 weeks or so? It rained again yesterday, which was horrible. Not only was the rain that made me feel miserable but the continuous strong gust of wind that was powerful enough to break lots of umbrellas out there! We no longer have double digits of temperature. I am not optimistic about the weather, it is unsettled, the temperature will continue to drop to 2 °C or 1°C, then to below 0°C. However, I could already feel the taste of Christmas. The reds and the greens, lights, Christmas decorations, presents, food, wine, and perhaps snow?
Pears are abundant at the moment. I like the idea of serving poached fruits as dessert. The summer that has passed, I made Peach Melba served with Vanilla ice cream. Since then, I started to pay more attention to desserts that are using the method of poaching. White wine poached pear is just another variation of poached pears desserts. The other one is using red wine, which is as good. I made white wine poached pears yesterday and I thought it was perfect for winner nights in December. It was so good that I had 2 (Ooops!). I don’t know it was because of the weather that made me feel that I needed to eat something like this to warm my body instead of having other kind of desserts after dinner.
Any kind of pears can be used in this recipe. The flavour is so good even if the ingredients are mainly made up of sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. I love cinnamon, the smell of cinnamon is just so special that I don’t only use them in dessert but in cooking main dishes too, especially stew. Good thing about poached pears is that you can make extras and refrigerate them, covered in the thicken poaching liquid in a deep glass dish for several days. They taste even better after!
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For the White Wine Poached Pears:
75g soft light brown sugar
365ml white dessert wine
2 cinnamon sticks
1 vanilla pod
6 ripe pears, peeled and cored
1. Place the sugar, dessert wine, cinnamon sticks and vanilla pod in a pot and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the pears into the pot, turning gently to coat with cooking liquid and simmer for 20 minutes or until the pears are soft but not mushy.
2. Strain the pears and let them cool. Remove cinnamon sticks and the vanilla pod.
3. Return the cooking liquid to the saucepan and reduce in volume by simmering.
4. To serve, place the pears in the middle of individual plates and spoon over the reduced cooking liquid.
Pears look awesome – and I love poached pears…its so winter. p.s. gusty winds rendered two umbrellas useless for me last week!
Thanks! Pears poached in wine always reminds me of winter..
When it's too windy, I tend not to carry umbrella at all but put on my rain coat and my wellies instead.
Here too the weather is awful: wind and rain all the day (and all the 3 past weeks!). I love staying home for cooking and preparing hot meals. Your pears are a good idea for christmas: tasty and flavoured! why not with a chocolate sauce?
Novembre il fait mauvais! I also love staying at home and cook…
Yes, chocolate sauce is definitely a good idea.. I didn't have any cooking chocolate… but will make sure I do it with next time!! 🙂
I love the picture. Those pears look delicious!!
Thank you for your comment! 🙂
Oh, the pears are just perfect! Beautifully poached … not a single blemish on the fruit. So pretty!
this looks very elegant!
Wow…this sure look great!!!! Great idea for coming festive party 🙂
Thanks! It's definitely a good way to serve dessert.
Thanks! It's definitely a good way to serve dessert.
Haven't tried poached pears before. But your stunning shot makes me craving for one now…..
You should give it a try. Thanks for your compliment.. 🙂
Simple and yet satisfying … Love French desserts & pastries!!
I love French desserts and pastries too 😉
Iit's beautiful present!! I saw mark bittman make the same pear in poach ..wonder how it's taste!
a beautiful and luxurious dessert =)
So beautiful…I know..horrible horrible weather, the temp just goes up and down and it's so unpredictable these days.
The temp is just so unpredictable! It rains most of the time.. guess I should probably start thinking to wear my wellington boots to work.. LOL!
so beautifully elegant – I also adore cinnamon, and I think poached pears the most guilt-free but still delicious dessert you can have.
I totally agree with you! Thanks for dropping by!
Oh you are a weather complainer just like me 🙂 perfect food for such weather, very pretty dish!
Really?? Hi-5!! We like to moan about the weather, don't we? When it rains, we complain. We it's too hot or too cold, we do the same?! 😉
Yeah that's me!! haha!! After the heat wave we had in Nov, now we are having cold wet days 🙂
hahhaa.. human beings 🙂
Don't usually see white wine poached pears – they're normally done in red wine. I know that's not groundbreaking, but it'll be a nice change for me to try this.
Give it a try 🙂
Yummy. Thanks for the recipe. I cooked it today for guests as I’m allergic to red wine (most recipes for pears seem to use red) & this recipe looked great. It did not disappoint & resulted in a toffee-ish wine reduction at the end served with a dolop of creme fraiche which went beautifully with it. x
I am glad that you love it and it turned out lovely! A dollop of creme fraiche sounds lovely!