Poached Pears in White Wine


poached pears

I have proclaimed my love of all things French before on my blog and this also extends to French desserts in particular as 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 The Cannes Film Festival in the South of France (which you can read about here).

Pears can be poached in anything from wine to caramel sauce.

For this recipe, I poached my pears using a bottle of vegan wine.

I also used maple syrup as a substitute for sugar which still provides a moreish sweetness to the dish!


poached pears

Serves 8


  • 1 bottle of vegan wine
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • Juice and zest of a whole lemon
  • 8 firm conference pears, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons of maple syrup


Add the white wine, maple syrup, 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 coconut/soya yoghurt.

poached pears in white wine

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


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64 Responses

  1. Eric White

    Its seems beautiful, thanks for sharing… I would definitely gonna try out 🙂

  2. Shiza

    What a gorgeous dessert. Thanks for hosting the party, Vicki. Have an amazing week. xx

  3. jenny

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

  4. 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!

    • 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

  5. 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. 🙂

    • 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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!

  9. 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 🙂

  10. 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

  11. Kyra

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

  12. 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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