Photographer: Orphee Okito
These spiced pears are poached in what you would think of a a mulled wine. Red Wine Poached Pears are a classic French dessert. It’s such a simple dessert, yet delightfully flavorful and very elegant and impressive. They have a great balance of sweet, spice and fruity flavors, and the deep red color turns this into a beautiful centerpiece dessert too. The French used it as a way to consume fruits that were not ripening to their liking on the tree; this way the fruit would not go to waste. By combining peeled pears with wine and a bouquet of spices, the people of the region were able to maximize their harvest while creating a dish that highlights the fruit's natural sweetness.
1 cinnamon stick 2 star anise
3/4 cups sugar
1 vanilla bean
1/2 tsp clove
Poached Pears Instructions:
- For the poached pears peel off the skin. Then slice 1/2 inch off the bottom of the pears to create a flat bottom.
- In a medium sauce pan combine 1 bottle of wine (750 ml) into a pot. Add 3/4 cup sugar. 1 cinnamon stick. 2 star anise. 1 vanilla bean.
- Place peeled pears in the wine sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30-35 minutes. Turn the pears every 5 minutes to ensure even color until pears are cooked, but still firm.
- Cool to room temperature. Cover and chill overnight in reduction to get the perfect color.