Fresh and Luxurious: Pears Poached in White Wine

Well, howdy, folks! It’s me again, here to share with y’all one of the most tantalizing recipes I’ve ever come across. Today we’ll be talking about something sweet yet sophisticated, a delightful dessert that’ll have your taste buds dancing – poached pears in white wine!

Now, I know some of you might be thinking, “Poached pears? That sounds too fancy and complicated for my liking.” But let me tell ya, this recipe is as easy as pie. In fact, it’s easier than pie. This recipe seems to have been tailor-made for those who want to whip up a scrumptious dessert without breaking a sweat.

Picture this: juicy, tender pears cooked in a bath of white wine and spices until they’re infused with flavor and aroma, resting on a delicate bed of vanilla mascarpone cream or served alongside a dollop of ice cream or coconut cream. It’s truly a spectacle for the eyes and the taste buds!

So whether you’re looking to impress your guests at your next dinner party or simply treat yourself to something decadent after a long week, this poached pears in white wine recipe has got you covered. Trust me when I say that once you try it, you’ll be wondering where this recipe has been all your life.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Pears in White Wine
Pears in White Wine

Listen up folks, because I’m about to tell you about a recipe that’ll knock your socks off! If you’ve got a sweet tooth like me, then you’re going to love these wine-poached pears. Imagine sinking your fork into a juicy, tender pear that has been simmered in white wine and spices. Trust me, it’s just as good as it sounds.

But why should you try this recipe? Well, first of all, it’s incredibly easy to make. With just a handful of ingredients, you can create an elegant dessert that will impress your guests (or just impress yourself). Plus, it’s a great way to use up any pears that might be getting a little too ripe. Don’t let them go to waste!

Now, let’s talk about the flavor. The combination of pears and white wine is simply divine. The wine infuses the pears with a delicate sweetness and subtle notes of vanilla and cinnamon. It’s like taking a trip to the French countryside with every bite. Plus, if you’re feeling fancy, you can serve them with mascarpone cream, chocolate sauce or ice cream for an extra decadent treat.

But don’t take my word for it. Give this recipe a try and see for yourself why you’ll absolutely love it. Trust me, once you taste these wine-poached pears, they’ll become a regular on your dessert menu.

Ingredient List

 Sweet and succulent pears simmering in a white wine bath
Sweet and succulent pears simmering in a white wine bath

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this magnificent recipe:

  • 4 medium pears, preferably Bosc, peeled and cored
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1-2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cardamom pods (optional)
  • ½ – ¾ cup sugar (granulated or caster)
  • 1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Note: You can adjust the amount of sugar according to your preference. You can also add spices like cloves or star anise for a spiced twist on this classic recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 A fragrant and delicious dessert that is easy to make
A fragrant and delicious dessert that is easy to make

Now, it’s time to get your hands dirty and start preparing these delicious pears in white wine. This recipe is perfect for those with a sweet tooth and who enjoy wine. It’s easy to make and takes just under an hour from start to finish.

To begin, gather all the ingredients. You will need:

  • 6 medium pears, peeled
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 ½ cups of white wine (preferably pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc)
  • ¾ cup of caster sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Peel of 1 lemon
  • Juice from half a lemon

Once you have all your ingredients ready, it’s time to begin the wine poaching process.

Step One: Make the White Wine Syrup

In a large saucepan, combine the white wine, water, caster sugar, cinnamon sticks, and lemon peel. Stir the mixture until the sugar has dissolved. Bring this mixture to a boil and then reduce it to a simmer. Let it simmer for about 5-10 minutes or until you see that the flavors have blended well.

Step Two: Add The Pears

Next, it’s time to add the peeled pears into the white wine syrup. Ensure that it covers them completely. Cover with a lid and let the mixture simmer gently.

Step Three: Slowly Simmer The Pears

Let the pears simmer for around 35-45 minutes at low-medium heat until they become soft but still remain intact.

Step Four: Check and Adjust

Every so often check on your poached pears; when ready they will be tender when pierced with a fork. Once they are cooked soft yet still firm remove them from saucepan and let them cool.

Step Five: Create The Wine Sauce

As mentioned earlier, you will be making a ‘white wine sauce’ to accompany these beautiful pears. To make this, in a smaller saucepan, combine 1 cup of the wine poaching liquid and reduce over medium heat until it thickens.

Step Six: Arrange for Serving

Once you have your pears ready, arrange them on the serving platter and pour the white wine sauce over it. Use a little butter or coconut oil to bring some gloss and finally sprinkle cinnamon on top for added flavor.

These poached pears white with white sauce are best served chilled. If you’d like an even more decadent dish then add vanilla mascarpone cream, a drizzle of dark chocolate or scoop some ice cream for a pear dessert fit for royalty.

Substitutions and Variations

 Infuse your pears with the aromatic and crisp flavors of white wine
Infuse your pears with the aromatic and crisp flavors of white wine

Now, every good recipe is open to variations and substitutions to fit your taste preference or dietary restrictions. Here are some substitutions and variations you can try for this recipe:

– Pears: While the recipe calls for medium pears, preferably Bosc or Bartlett, you can also use other kinds of pears like Anjou or Comice. Make sure they are ripe but firm for the best texture.

– Sugar: For a healthier alternative, you can use honey or maple syrup instead of granulated sugar. You can also reduce the amount of sugar if you prefer your poached pears less sweet.

– Wine: The recipe suggests using a dry white wine like Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc, but you can also experiment with a different wine to add different flavors. Red wine can give the poached pears a beautiful color and fruity taste. Another good substitution is mulled wine for a spiced version of the dish.

– Spices: If you want to add more depth of flavor to the poached pears, you can experiment with different spices like nutmeg, cloves, or ginger. You can also skip the cinnamon sticks and cardamom pods if you don’t have them on hand.

– Serving: Instead of serving the poached pears with vanilla mascarpone cream or chocolate sauce, you can try topping them with ice cream or whipped coconut cream for a dairy-free option. You can also dice the poached pears and mix them into fruit salads or yogurt bowls.

With these substitutions and variations, you can customize the recipe to your liking and create your own signature poached pear dish.

Serving and Pairing

 A dessert that is light, fresh, and perfect for any season
A dessert that is light, fresh, and perfect for any season

Once your beautiful wine-poached pears are ready, it’s time to decide how to serve them. One of the most popular and classic ways of enjoying this beautiful dessert is by pairing it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream. The creamy texture of the ice cream or the whipped cream goes perfectly with the soft and velvety texture of the pears.

If you want to take things a notch higher, try pairing your wine-poached pears with some rich and decadent chocolate sauce or drizzle some melted dark chocolate on top for an extra indulgent experience. Alternatively, you can also serve your wine-poached pears with a dollop of mascarpone cheese that has been infused with a touch of vanilla.

For those who want to add more fruity elements to their wine-poached pear dessert, you can serve it with some fresh berries like blueberries or raspberries. You can even sprinkle some toasted nuts like almonds or walnuts on top for a contrasting crunch.

Finally, if you want to complement your wine-poached pears with another drink, then you can go for a glass of mulled wine. The warm and comforting flavors of spices like cinnamon and cardamom in mulled wine pair perfectly with the delicate flavors of the pears.

Overall, there’s no dearth of options when it comes to serving and pairing your delicious poached pears white wine recipe. So go ahead and experiment with different combinations until you find your perfect match!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The white wine adds both tang and sweetness to this simple yet elegant dessert
The white wine adds both tang and sweetness to this simple yet elegant dessert

Now, let’s talk about make-ahead, storing, and reheating. The good news is that these white wine poached pears can be made ahead of time, making them an ideal dessert for any dinner party. Not to mention that they keep well in the refrigerator for a few days.

When it comes to make-ahead tips, you can prepare the pears up to two days before serving them. Once your wine poached pears are completely cooked in the wine mixture and have cooled down, store them in their liquid in an airtight container and refrigerate until serving time.

To reheat, gently warm the pears along with the liquid sauce in a saucepan on low heat or in a microwave for 1-2 minutes until they are slightly warm. Overheating may cause the delicate flesh of the pears to break apart or become mushy, so be careful.

Storing this luscious dessert keeps it tasting its best up to four days in an air-tight container. You’ll be pleased at how well they hold up when stored!

If you store the poached pears separately from the wine sauce, give both ingredients a gentle stir to combine their flavors before reheating.

You can also freeze wine-poached pears after they’ve been cooked by storing them in a zip-lock bag with some of their cooking liquid. Then simply thaw them overnight and enjoy them cold or heated up according to your preference.

Now you have all the information you need to impress your guests with some amazing white wine poached pears whenever you want!

Tips for Perfect Results

 This recipe is a perfect blend of fruit and wine
This recipe is a perfect blend of fruit and wine

Now that you have all the ingredients and you’re ready to make the wine poached pears recipe, here are some tips to ensure that your dessert turns out perfectly.

1. Use Ripe Pears: Using ripe pears will result in a sweet and tender texture, and a more full-bodied flavor. Look for slightly soft pears with no bruises or blemishes on the skin.

2. Careful with the Peeling: When peeling the pears, be careful not to remove too much of the flesh or cut too deeply into the fruit. This can cause them to become mushy during cooking.

3. Control Your Heat: Make sure to keep an eye on the temperature while cooking the poached pears in white wine. The mixture should simmer gently, and not come to a rolling boil as this will overcook the pears and cause them to fall apart.

4. Infuse More Flavor: To add more flavors to your wine poached pears, try experimenting with different spices such as cardamom pods or star anise. You can also try using different types of white wines such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc.

5. Keep Them Submerged: Make sure that your pears are fully submerged in the wine mixture while cooking. This will make sure that they cook evenly, and absorb as much flavor as possible.

6. Cool them slowly: Once cooked, let the poached pears cool down in their cooking liquid instead of removing them immediately. This will help them maintain their shape without cracking.

7. Serve at Room Temperature: Serve your wine-poached pears at room temperature with dollops of mascarpone cream or coconut cream, with chocolate sauce or a scoop of ice cream on top for a delicious pear dessert!

With these tips in mind, you’ll have perfect poached pears in no time!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this delicious recipe of Pears in White Wine is a must-try for any wine lover. Not only is it incredibly easy to make, but it is also an elegant and refined dessert that is perfect for entertaining guests or treating yourself to something sweet.

The tender texture of the poached pears combined with the rich and aromatic white wine sauce is truly a match made in heaven. The warm cinnamon and cardamom spices add a lovely depth of flavor that will leave you craving more.

Pair this delightful dessert with some vanilla mascarpone cream, fruity dark chocolate or ice cream, to create a pear dessert that you will not forget.

So, the next time you are looking for a decadent wine-poached pears recipe, look no further than this one. It’s sure to impress your taste buds and leave your guests praising your culinary skills. Trust me; it’s so good that it will become your go-to recipe for any special occasion!

Pears in White Wine

Pears in White Wine Recipe

So easy to make this recipe. Serve cold with Vanilla Ice Cream and some of the sauce spooned over the top! I have included chilling time with cooking time for this recipe.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Calories 302.5 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups white wine
  • 5 cm cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla sugar
  • 4 pears, firm, peeled, cored and sliced


  • Placve water, wine, cinnamon stick & both sugars into a saucepan.
  • Stir over low heat until the sugar dissolves, then bring to the boil, and add the pears. Cover and simmer until the pears are tender (approc 5 minutes).
  • Chill well before serving and serve with a little of the sauce spooned over the top.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 433gCalories: 302.5kcalCarbohydrates: 62.9gProtein: 0.9gFat: 0.3gSodium: 9.6mgFiber: 7.1gSugar: 48.3g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Dessert, Easy, Egg-free, Free Of..., Fruit, Pears
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