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Red Wine Poached Pears with Mascarpone

Updated on August 1, 2014
A pear half poached in red wine and filled with a vanilla mascarpone. Yum!
A pear half poached in red wine and filled with a vanilla mascarpone. Yum! | Source
4.8 stars from 10 ratings of Poached Pears

Poached pears make for a very light dessert, so they're an awesome choice after a heavy meal. These pears look amazing and are a cinch to make.

I used bosc pears for this recipe, but if you cannot find them, bartlett pears also work well.

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 40 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: Serves 12 people one half poached pear


  • 6 bosc pears
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 8 ounces mascarpone
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons half & half
  • 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 bottle cabernet sauvignon (you can also use a merlot or pinot noir)

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Peel, core, and cut the pearsCabernet Sauvignon - delicious French wine made in California.Pour the red wine mixture over the pears. It already looks so pretty!Mascarpone is the tastiest stuff on the market. Seriously! I would consider using it instead of butter.
Peel, core, and cut the pears
Peel, core, and cut the pears | Source
Cabernet Sauvignon - delicious French wine made in California.
Cabernet Sauvignon - delicious French wine made in California. | Source
Pour the red wine mixture over the pears. It already looks so pretty!
Pour the red wine mixture over the pears. It already looks so pretty! | Source
Mascarpone is the tastiest stuff on the market. Seriously! I would consider using it instead of butter.
Mascarpone is the tastiest stuff on the market. Seriously! I would consider using it instead of butter. | Source


  1. Carefully peel the pears (so that they have a smooth, unmarred surface) and then cut them in half lengthwise before coring them. Gently place into a large pot.
  2. In a bowl, combine the water, star anise, cinnamon stick, granulated sugar, vanilla bean, and the wine. Stir gently and pour this mixture over the pears.
  3. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for about 40 minutes. The pears will be done when they are fork tender. If the pears are still hard, extend the simmer time. Remove pears from the poaching liquid with a slotted spoon, taking care not to scratch them. You can store the poaching liquid for more pears later.
  4. In a bowl, whip together the mascarpone, vanilla extract, half & half, and powdered sugar until creamy.
  5. Fill each pear with the mascarpone mixture. Keep in mind that the pears should be filled shortly before serving.
  6. The pears can be plated and served immediately or stored in the refrigerator for later. They are great when warm, but I think they're even better served cold!


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      AJ 2 years ago from Australia

      This dessert looks delish. Such a tasty combination of ingredients.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      My husband has poached pears in red wine and served them with a cheese course. Delicious! The mascarpone filling would be a decadent yummy touch! Up and useful votes and will share.

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      2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      This makes me want to go straight to the kitchen to start cooking!

      I am adding this to my Recipe Index for HubPages

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      5stars! looks so yummy!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Oh yummy...beautiful also!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      mmmm can't wait to try this looks delicious...

      voted up


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      Robin Edmondson 5 years ago from San Francisco

      We have cooked poached pears before but not with mascarpone. We will definitely have to try that addition. They were pretty devine on their own; I'm sure the mascarpone just pushes them over the top yummy!

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      This seems deliciously all those ingredient merge together I can't imagine the flavors hmmmm yum yum

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      Brittany Kennedy 5 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Delicious! I have been waiting for this hub since you posted the photo in the forum and I guess I missed it. I can't wait to try these they look delicious! Excellent job, voted up, shared.

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      This is definitely a recipe I want to try! I like pears, I love wine, and I want to try mascarpone. Yum!

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      TMHughes 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      poached pears are great on salad too! I like to poach them whole so that when I cut into them the insides are still white.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      This looks delicious! I've never tried mascarpone - but I'll look for it on my next shopping trip. YUM! Votes and more! :)

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      This looks so delicious. Looks easy, but looks like it would impress guests. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      Yum! I'll absolutely try this poached pear recipe. I love red wine, pears and mascarpone. So putting them all together in one dish sounds like a win-win recipe to me!

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      Melanie Palen 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

      Thank you, everyone! They taste fantastic! They're such a refreshing dessert!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      This sounds amazing and would wow any dinner guest! Thanks for the great recipe.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Pears just happen to be in season in Southern Peru, so I'm going to make your poached pears this week! They'll be perfect for dessert at our dinner party. Thank you so much!

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      India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

      Such a delicate and delightful recipe for pears! I can't wait to try it. We have a pear tree on the back of our property, this season's canning will have wait until some Wine poaching is completed. Great job!


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      Teresa Coppens 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Mel, looks so delicious. I will be trying this the next time our friends come for dinner!

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      redpointhq 5 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      Wow, this recipe looks amazing - and like something I could actually make.

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      Susan Britton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love cooked pears but I have not tried this recipe. It was interesting to see the wonderful red color the pears absorbed from the wine. Yummy is right!

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      Bruce Chamoff 5 years ago from New York

      That looks good!

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      HawaiiHeart 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Wow - this sounds decadent!

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      What a fabulous hub idea! You are brilliant Mel:)

      Voted you up and outta site!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      beautifully delicious!

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      An absolutely yummy sounding recipe using pears.I love pears! very unique!