Poached Pears in White Wine

 

poached pears

Updated post.

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!

 

poached pears

Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

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.

poached pears in white wine

So what do you think? Will you try this recipe yourself?

 

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61 Responses

  1. Lucy @ Bakingqueen74

    I love poached pears and doing them in wine or even champagne sounds amazing – one for me to try very soon.
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  2. jenny

    Poached pears sounds absolutely delicious. Lovely recipe. I love anything with pears so definitely will have to try this. Thanks for hosting.
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  3. jenny paulin

    i have to be honest, I have never tried poached pears but they always looks so tender x
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  4. Kirsty Hijacked By Twins

    These look delicious I love poached pears and haven’t had them in such a long time x
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  5. Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    What is in the bowl with the pears? Is it cream? They look fantastic. Talk of love of French…I love pears cooked with honey and topped with a bit of brie, sprinkle with some cinnamon and almonds…yum! Thanks again for hosting the link up, it is the best. Have a great holiday, send photos for us stuck in the chilly spring weather!
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    • honestmum

      Well spotted Nikki, a little creme fraiche, will add to the recipe. Oh wow yes, how divine. Cheese (especially French cheese) and pears or figs are the perfect combination. Thanks for linking and your well wishes x

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  6. Brighton Mama @ Our Seaside Baby

    The pears look delicious, will have to give this a try, thanks! Great to link up again. Have a wonderful holiday, hope it’s somewhere nice & hot! 🙂
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  7. Ginny Williams

    Ooh they look gorgeous! But I have to ask: am I the only one who has trouble using a whole bottle of wine for cooking? I’d so much rather drink it. 🙂
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    • honestmum

      Haha I know, does feel weird! Go for 3/4 and have a glass while you cook! You can always substitute some with water x

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  8. Lisa@intotheglade

    That looks gorgeous and would make a lovely change from creamy desserts over Easter. I am definitively going to give it a try. Thank you for hosting this fab link X

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  9. Alisonq

    This looks delicious, will have to try it. Enjoy your holiday
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  10. Rachel

    Another one of my absolute favourite desserts! I usually do pears with red wine or Madeira and am really excited to try this version… Or maybe even a champagne one if I can justify it for an occasion! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous recipe and divine pictures. X

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  11. Ness

    I’ll have to show this to my dad as I know this is just the type of dessert he likes at his dinner parties. Have a great holiday!
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  12. farmerswifeandmummy

    Mmmm they look lovely and I really like that you used honey instead of sugar as I’m trying to not have any too.
    I love your photographs 🙂
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  13. welshmumof3boys

    Gosh I’ve not had poached pears in a long time and ive never made them myself. Though seeing how simple I think I’ll have to give it a whirl and any dessert with wine in has to be a hit 🙂
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  14. Steph @MisplacedBrit

    Any recipe that involves a WHOLE bottle of wine is going to be a hit 😀
    Thanks for hosting hun x
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  15. Mummy Tries

    I’ve always wondered how to make this without sugar – the usual recipes have tons in! Sounds fab hon, will def give it a try at some point xx
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  16. Kyra

    Oh yum, I definitely have to try these poached pears! I hope you have a lovely holiday Vicki 🙂
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  17. Mel

    I love poached pears and all I’d need on top of those little beauties would be some chocolate sauce!
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  18. Sandi @ Sandi'sAllergyFreeRecipes

    Hi Vicki! Thanks for hosting! This week I’m sharing Chicken Pot Pie as well as my Pineapple Grapefruit Smoothie.
    I hope you have a wonderful holiday!
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