I have proclaimed my love of all things French before on my blog and this also extends to French desserts, in particular, I just ‘j-adore’ poached pears in white wine and I always indulge on this delicious sweet treat when I make my annual pilgrimage to Cannes Film Festival in the South of France (which you can read about here).
Pears can be poached in anything from red wine to caramel sauce and are an absolute favourite over Christmas, especially if I’m entertaining.
For this recipe, I poached my pears using a bottle of Isla Negra Sauvignon Blanc Semillon (2014), but any white wine will do. Or you could even use champagne if you’re feeling fancy!
I also used manuka honey as a substitute for sugar, which has medicinal properties but I find still gives the dessert the same moreish sweetness!
- 1 bottle of white wine
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 vanilla bean
- Juice and zest of a whole lemon
- 8 firm conference pears, peeled
- 3 tablespoons of manuka honey
Add the white wine, honey, cinnamon stick, vanilla bean, lemon zest, and lemon juice to a large saucepan and stir together. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat for around 5 minutes.
Add your peeled pears to the mixture and reduce to a low heat, poach the pairs for around 20 – 30 minutes until they become tender without being mushy.
Remove your pears and then reduce the remaining liquid to syrup by bringing it to the boil for around 10-15 minutes.
Remove the cinnamon stick and vanilla bean from the syrup and pour over your pears.
Leave to cool until room temperature and serve.
I like mine with a dollop of optional crème fraîche. Creamy ice cream works well or yoghurt to keep things light and healthy.
So what do you think? Will you try this recipe yourself?