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Wine Poached Pears

Who says dessert has to be fattening and unhealthy? Wine Poached Pears are the perfect finale to a meal and are also delicious for a light brunch. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine: French
Servings: 1 pear per person
Author: SmartyPantsKitchen


  • 2 Bosc pears
  • 1/2 cup red wine (optional)
  • 2 sticks
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried fruits (cranberry, cherry, blueberry)
  • juice of two large lemons


  • Peel pears, cut into halves or  quarters and place in a big bowl; squeeze lemon juice into bowl and coat pears (this keeps them from turning brown)
  • In a saucepan on medium heat, add wine, cloves, water, cinnamon and sugar; cook until sugar is dissolved
  • Add pear sections and turn heat to low
  • Simmer, covered 25-30 minutes, or until pears are tender
  • Remove pears with slotted spoon and set aside
  • Bring remaining wine/water mixture to rolling boil; add dried fruit and cook until fruit plumps up
  • Place pears in shallow bowl and drizzle wine/water mixture over pears
  • Garnish with a spoonful of marscapone cheese and garnish with a curl of lemon zest (to make the lemon curl, use a potato peeler and go around the perimeter of the lemon removing a thin layer of the skin.) Twist and place on top of marscapone.


  • Wine Poached Pears are an elegant, light dessert we inherited from France!
  • If you like, add a few nuts to top it off.
  • If you prefer, substitute the wine with apple juice or cider.