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Poached Pear Dessert

Updated on June 22, 2014

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Not only are poached pears easy to make, they can well and can be a simple, sophisticated way to showcase fresh fruit when it is in season. Even if you have pears that are a little too hard, poaching works well to soften the pear by gently simmering over low heat. Once poached, fresh pears can be served homemade whipped cream, ice cream or gelato, sorbet, pound cake, or fresh berries. Or you can slice the poached pears and bake them into muffins, cakes, or tarts.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Serves 6 people


  • 6 Bosc pears, Peeled and cored
  • 1/2 bottle red or white wine
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 orange, zested
  1. Add the wine, sugar, orange zest, and cinnamon stick to a large lidded pot. You'll be adding the pears to this so select a pot large enough to hold all of the fruit.
  2. Bring the spiced wine mixture to a boil to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Meanwhile, peel and core the pears if you haven't already.
  4. Add the pears to the wine mixture and lower the heat to simmer.
  5. Cover the pot and allow to cook gently for 20 minutes.
  6. Test pears for doneness with a knife When the pears are done, the knife should slide in. Pears can take up to 45 minutes to cook. Continue cooking until pears are done.
  7. Allow poached pears to cool in syrup. Once cool, pears can be refrigerated for up to two weeks.


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      Lindsey D. 3 years ago

      @Halimah, glad you enjoyed!

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      Halimah 3 years ago

      Thank you for this recipe! I made it tognhit for our octet practice. We're called the Ginger Snaps' so I wanted to make something with the pears I had in my fridge and ginger, of course! I used only 1/2 cup of sugar for my topping but added 2 Tbsps of butter and 1 Tbsp of cocoa.In the cake I omitted the 1/2 cup brown sugar and used just the 1/3 cup molasses. I served it with whipped cream and everyone loved it!