A Romantic Twist: Pears Infused with Rich Red Wine Sauce

Welcome, wine and food lovers! Today, I’m excited to share with you a recipe that is sure to transport your taste buds to a new level of deliciousness: Pears in Red Wine.

This recipe is the perfect blend of sweetness and richness; it’s a dessert that will really impress your dinner guests or satisfy your own cravings for something special.

What makes this dish even better is how easy it is to make. The ingredients are simple and easy to obtain, and the preparation won’t take up too much of your time. So, whether you’re looking for an impressive dessert to serve at your next dinner party or just want to indulge in something sweet today, Pears in Red Wine has got you covered.

So why wait? Let’s dive into this recipe and get ready to be blown away by how easy and delicious it is!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Pears in Red Wine (Courtesy of Sara Moulton and another food Web
Pears in Red Wine (Courtesy of Sara Moulton and another food Web

Looking for a cozy and delicious dessert that will leave everyone in awe? Look no further than this enticing recipe for pears in red wine! This recipe is perfect for anyone who loves heartwarming and indulgent flavors that are sure to awaken the taste buds.

Imagine biting into a light and delicate pear that has been soaked in rich and velvety red wine, infused with the warm spice of cinnamon, and kissed with just the right amount of sugar. Each bite delivers a burst of flavors that will leave you feeling satisfied and content.

But that’s not all – this recipe also includes raisins and lemon juice, which add a tangy sweetness to elevate the dish’s richness. And when you pair it with glazed roasted pears on top of shortbread pecan brittle, it becomes a whole new level of decadent goodness.

Whether you’re looking for a classic dessert to impress your guests or finding something special for your own sweet tooth cravings, this recipe is perfect. It’s warm, comforting, easy to prepare, and packed with all sorts of flavors to excite your palate. So what are you waiting for? Give it a try today!

Ingredient List

 A warm and comforting treat for chilly nights.
A warm and comforting treat for chilly nights.

Pears in Red Wine is an exquisite recipe that brings together perfectly caramelized pears and rich red wine. Here are all the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Pears: Choose 4 medium-sized pears that are ripe but still firm.
  • Red Wine: Use a full-bodied red wine, such as Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon. You’ll need about 2 cups of wine.
  • Sugar: Add sweetness to the dish by adding 1/2 cup of sugar.
  • Cinnamon Stick: Use one cinnamon stick to add spice and warmth to the dessert.
  • Lemon Juice: You’ll need 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice to balance out the sweetness of the pears.
  • Raisins: Add texture to the recipe with 1/4 cup of raisins.

With simple ingredients like these, this recipe can be easily prepared, and you’ll be amazed at how flavorsome it can be!

The Recipe How-To

 A scrumptious recipe that will surprise your guests.
A scrumptious recipe that will surprise your guests.

Now that we have all the necessary ingredients to make this delicious dessert, it’s time to get into the heart of the recipe.

Step 1: Prepare the Pears

First, peel and core 8 pears. Be sure to leave the stem intact for a nice presentation.

Step 2: Infuse with Flavor

Next, in a large saucepan, combine 2 cups of red wine, 1 cup of sugar, 1 cinnamon stick, and 1/4 cup of lemon juice. Bring this mixture to a simmer, stirring until the sugar dissolves.

Place the pears in the pot and cover them with a round piece of parchment paper cut to fit inside your pan like a lid. Bring this up to a low simmer and braise there for about 25 minutes.

Then remove each from pan placing on a plate.

Step 3: Glaze with Wine

Bring the remaining liquids up to high heat whisking frequently until they thicken into glaze. Turn it off and allow it to cool as pears are being served at room temperature.

Finally,baste pears with wine glaze while plating it on top of shortbread pecan brittle or beside some raisins, or more glazed roasted pears.

Enjoy your delicious glazed roasted pears drizzled with wine!

Substitutions and Variations

 A perfect fall dessert for wine lovers.
A perfect fall dessert for wine lovers.

Looking to switch things up a bit in this recipe? There are plenty of variations and substitutions that can be made to create different flavors and experiences with these glazed roasted pears in red wine. Here are a few ideas for you to consider:

– Fruit Substitutions: If pears aren’t your favorite fruit, or if you want to mix things up a bit, you can try using other fruits instead. Apples or quince would work well here, as would plums or figs.

– Wine Variations: While the recipe calls for red wine, you could certainly experiment with different types of wine to change the flavor profile of the dish. A sweeter wine like a port, sherry or moscato could be used instead of the red if you prefer a sweeter taste. Alternatively, a dry white wine could also work well here.

– Spice Variations: Cinnamon is the primary spice used in this recipe, but you could try using other warm spices as well, such as nutmeg or cloves. If you prefer something a bit spicier, you can try adding some ginger or cardamom to the dish.

– Nut Toppings: While the recipe suggests serving with shortbread and pecan brittle, there are many other toppings you can use for these glazed roasted pears. Try chopped nuts like almonds or walnuts, toasted breadcrumbs or even crumbled cookies. It’s all about finding what works best for your palate and preferences.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different combinations until you find the perfect variation that tickles your taste buds. The possibilities are endless!

Serving and Pairing

 An easy and elegant way to prepare pears.
An easy and elegant way to prepare pears.

Pears in red wine are a delightful treat that can be enjoyed on their own or paired with a variety of dishes. The soft, tender pears are infused with the bold flavors of the red wine and cinnamon stick to create a truly unique tasting experience.

When serving this dish, consider pairing it with a slice of glazed roasted pears. The combination of textures and flavors will excite your taste buds and leave you wanting more. You can also serve these roasted pears with a side of shortbread pecan brittle for an added crunch and sweetness.

For those looking for a more savory pairing, try serving pears in red wine alongside a rich meat dish such as braised beef or roasted lamb. The sweetness of the pears can help to balance out the saltiness of the meat, creating a well-rounded and satisfying meal.

When it comes to picking the right wine to pair with this dish, stick with a bold red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. These wines will complement the strong flavors of the dish and help bring out its best qualities.

In conclusion, Pears in Red Wine is a versatile dish that can be paired with a wide range of foods, as well as enjoyed on its own. Whether you’re indulging in warm recipes or looking for something new to try, Pears in Red Wine is sure to satisfy your cravings and tantalize your taste buds.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A delightful combination of red wine and sweet pears.
A delightful combination of red wine and sweet pears.

One of the most appealing aspects of this recipe is that it can be made ahead of time and stored for later use. After all, who wouldn’t want a delicious dessert on hand whenever they need it?

To make-ahead, simply prepare the glazed roasted pears as instructed in the recipe. Once cooled, transfer them to an airtight container and pour the remaining red wine syrup over the top. Keep the pears and syrup refrigerated until you’re ready to serve.

To reheat, place the pears and their syrup in a pan over low heat until warm. Be careful not to let them boil or the pears will turn mushy.

If you have any leftovers, they can also be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. However, keep in mind that the longer they sit, the softer the pears may become.

Lastly, I would advise against freezing this dish. The delicate texture of the pears may not hold up well when thawed, and it’s likely the wine syrup will separate during freezing.

So go ahead, make these glazed roasted pears with confidence! They’re easy to prep ahead of time and even more effortless to serve when you’re ready for a sweet treat or dessert.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A great excuse to open a good bottle of wine.
A great excuse to open a good bottle of wine.

Now that you know the recipe and are probably eager to make those delicious glazed roasted pears in red wine, let me share some tips that will guarantee perfect results.

Firstly, it’s essential to use firm pears. If they are too ripe, they’ll become mushy after cooking, and you don’t want that. You can tell if a pear is ripened by gently pressing near the seed. If it’s hard, it needs time to ripen; if it’s soft, it’s already ripe.

Secondly, when cooking with red wine, choose a bottle that you would drink on its own. The better the wine quality, the tastier the dish will be. Don’t go for “cooking” wines as they often have a high sodium content and sometimes unwanted flavors.

Thirdly, to create a thicker syrup in which the pears will cook and glaze add a teaspoon of cornstarch mixed with some of the reduced sauce. This will thicken without you having to wait for the sauce to reduce further.

Fourthly, remove the cinnamon stick once your mixture starts to boil. If left for too long in the pan, the cinnamon flavor could become overpowering.

Lastly, serve these pears with ice cream or whipped cream as they will complement each other very well. The warm sweetness of the pears and syrup contrasted with something cold is heavenly!

Follow these tips, and I’m sure your glazed roasted pears in red wine will be a crowd-pleaser.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the recipe for Pears in Red Wine is a delicious and flavorful dish that is easy to make and perfect for any occasion. With its aromatic spices, sweetened pears, and bold red wine glaze, this dish is sure to impress your guests and leave them asking for more.

Whether you are serving it as a standalone dessert or pairing it with some shortbread pecan brittle or roasted pears, there are endless possibilities when it comes to how you can serve this dish. And with its make-ahead capabilities and easy storage, you can enjoy this dish at any time of day.

So why not try making Pears in Red Wine today? With its warm flavors and sophisticated taste, it’s sure to become one of your favorite warm recipes. Courtesy of Sara Moulton and other food web recipes, this recipe is a treasure trove of flavors that leaves nothing to be desired. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you.

Pears in Red Wine (Courtesy of Sara Moulton and another food Web

Pears in Red Wine (Courtesy of Sara Moulton and another food Web Recipe

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine International
Calories 696.1 kcal


  • 3 large ripe pears, peeled and chunked (such as Bosc or Bartlett)
  • 3 cups rioja wine
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry preserves or 2 tablespoons raspberry preserves
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • Place pears in a saucepan.
  • Add the wine, sugar, cinnamon stick and raisins.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce and let simmer for 5 to 10 minutes until pears are at the desired tenderness.
  • Remove pears and raisins from the syrup.
  • Discard the cinnamon stick.
  • Add the preserves and lemon juice.
  • Bring the syrup to a boil.
  • Let boil for 3 to 5 minutes to melt preserves.
  • Pour sauce over pears and serve.

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Serving: 829gCalories: 696.1kcalCarbohydrates: 79.1gProtein: 2.4gFat: 0.3gSodium: 36.7mgFiber: 5.7gSugar: 55.9g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Dessert, Fruit, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, Pears
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