Sangria Poached Pears with Cinnamon Oat Crumble for #mysterydish

Juicy Pears Poached in Lush Red Wine, Bright Citrus, and Warm Spices, Topped with a Crunchy Oat Crumble.  Savor Sangria in Dessert form! Easy, No Bake Recipe, Naturally Gluten Free, No Refined Sugars, and Perfect for Passover.

Sangria Poached Pears with Cinnamon Oat Crumble | Baking a Moment What is the best cocktail to drink during this time of year?

I submit to the court that it is none other than Sangria.

Ok, I realize that we are all in a Spring state of mind right now.  We want recipes that are bright and sunshiney, full of fresh and seasonal flavors.  With its citrus notes, tropical ginger, and big juicy hunks of fresh fruit, Sangria makes the perfect patio sipper.

But can we get real for a minute?  The wait for Spring’s arrival, at least in this part of the country, has been interminable.  The calendar may say it’s Spring, but the thermometer begs to differ.  Sunset cocktails on the patio are not happening here.  Here, it’s more like, fireside sips of Cabernet.  Red wine, pears, cinnamon, dried fruits, and oat crumbles.  These are a few of my favorite cold-weather things.

Sangria’s got it all!  Am I right or what?  All the cozy things, and all the warm summery things, all stirred up and macerated together in a big jug.  Perfection in a glass!

Sangria Poached Pears with Cinnamon Oat Crumble | Baking a Moment

For this month’s Mystery Dish, I really wanted to challenge myself to use as many of the ingredients as possible.  We had a great list to choose from, provided by our most excellent host, Kat of I Want Crazy.  Here it is:

  • Boxed Cake Mix
  • Peeps
  • Oats
  • Ginger
  • Honey
  • Wine
  • Shallots
  • Coconut
  • Shrimp
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Kiwi
  • Dried Fruit
  • Cinnamon

I highlighted all the ingredients I used in my recipe in red.  Seven, baby!  And, if you serve these poached pears alongside the coconut milk ice cream from this post, it would be eight.

Sangria Poached Pears with Cinnamon Oat Crumble | Baking a Moment

Easy, easy recipe, friends.  It doesn’t get much easier than this.  May I also point out that this is a no-bake dessert?  And, if you leave out the oat crumble, it’s also naturally gluten free.  And perfect for PassoverAnd no refined sugar!  I’m on a roll here!

Just simmer a few peeled pears in the sangria poaching liquid.  This is made with a lush red wine, some bright, citrusy orange juice, a little honey and triple sec for sweetness, a cinnamon stick and a knob of ginger for warm spice, and a handful of dried cranberries to bring out the ripe berry notes in the wine.

Anjou pears work really well for poaching because they are firm and they won’t fall apart or turn to mush when cooked.

A little sweetened whipped cream makes a lovely presentation, and the cinnamon oat crumble gives a nice crunch and a pretty garnish.  Bring this delicious dessert into the warmer months with lots of fresh tropical fruit, too!

Sangria Poached Pears with Cinnamon Oat Crumble | Baking a Moment


Sangria Poached Pears with Cinnamon Oat Crumble

Juicy Pears Poached in Lush Red Wine, Bright Citrus, and Warm Spices, Topped with a Crunchy Oat Crumble. Savor Sangria in Dessert form! Easy, No Bake Recipe, Naturally Gluten Free, No Refined Sugars, and Perfect for Passover.

Yield: 4 servings


For the Sangria Poached Pears:
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ¼ cup triple sec liqueur
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½-inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 4 Anjou pears
For the Cinnamon Oat Crumble:
  • 1½ tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • a pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons old fashioned oats
For the garnish:
  • sweetened whipped cream or coconut milk ice cream
  • fresh fruit such as orange slices, pineapple chunks, roughly chopped kiwi, berries, etc.


Poach the Pears in Sangria:
  1. Place the first 8 ingredients in a pot and bring to a simmer.
  2. Peel the pears and add them to the pot. Simmer, turning occasionally, for about 20 minutes, or until tender.
  3. Transfer the pears and their poaching liquid to an airtight container, and refrigerate overnight or until cooled completely.
Make the Cinnamon Oat Crumble:
  1. Melt the butter in a small pot.
  2. Stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. Add the flour and oats and continue to cook, stirring, for 3-5 minutes.
  1. Place a poached pear on a dessert plate, alongside a dollop of whipped cream or a small scoop of coconut milk ice cream. Garnish with fresh fruit and cinnamon oat crumble.

Sangria Poached Pears with Cinnamon Oat Crumble | Baking a Moment Major props to Kat for giving us all such an inspiring list of ingredients this month.  It never ceases to amaze me, how we can all be faced with the same list of ingredients, but each member of the group comes up with something totally unique.  Case in point:

#mysterydish March | Baking a Moment

1. Coconut Shrimp with Thai Chili Ginger Sauce by Joyful Healthy Eats
2. Sangria Poached Pears by Baking a Moment
3. Baked Mini Carrot Cake Donuts by Culinary Couture Blog
4. Funfetti Cookies with Peeps Marshmallow Frosting by I Dig Pinterest
5. Carrot Oatmeal Cookies by Yummy Healthy Easy
6. Gooey Oatmeal Cranberry Bars by I Want Crazy
7. Honey Lime Coconut Oatmeal Cookies by Blahnik Baker
8. Chocolate Almond Date Balls by The Well Floured Kitchen
9. Tropical Kiwi Fruit Muffins by The Pajama Chef
10. Nesting Peeps Cupcakes by The Dessert Chronicles
11. Carrot Cake Cookies by Chez CateyLou

Pretty great stuff, right? Sangria Poached Pears with Cinnamon Oat Crumble | Baking a Moment I think you will love these Sangria Poached Pears!  They are so tender, sweet and full of complexity!  Whether you’re snuggled in on a raw, rainy day, or basking in the warm sunshine, this dish makes such a lovely dessert. 

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    • says

      Thanks Melanie! That means an awful lot, coming from such a talent lady, such as yourself 😉 Hope you enjoy your weekend! It’s supposed to rain like cats and dogs here, but at least it’s not snow, right? 😀

  1. says

    This looks so great, Allie! I love poached pears, and poaching them in sangria sounds divine. I agree, sangria is such a delicious cocktail. :) Have a great weekend!

  2. Dani says

    You had me at no bake BUT – and don’t hate me for this – do you taste the alcoholic twang? Because I um…well I…I don’t like wine.


    I’ve tried and tried and I can’t like it. But I wanna try a no bake pear for once instead of always baking it all slathered in buttery goodness. Which is fine but, you know, not always the healthiest.

    • says

      Don’t even worry about it, Dani! You don’t taste the alcohol at all. It cooks right out, and what you’re left with is a sweet, berry-like, gingery, cinnamony, citrusy flavor. It’s so nice! Even my 6 year old liked it, and he’s very sensitive to that sort of thing (“I don’t like booze, Mommy.” ;)). You would love this, I’m sure! Have a great weekend, you guys! <3

  3. says

    Allie, I totally agree that sangria is ‘perfection in a glass’, and, I’m sure, just as good poured all over pears! What a beautiful idea … and, may I say, these remind me of Christmas! (I guess it’s the cinnamon and cranberries) So … pinning on my Christmas board!! Haha … they would be wonderful any time of year though, of course! 😉

    • says

      That’s just what I liked about them, Helen! The cinnamon and ginger and oats were like Christmas, but the orange and kiwi and pineapple were like summer. Great minds think alike 😉 Thanks so much for pinning, and I hope you have a fabulous weekend! 😀

  4. says

    This looks like a lovely dessert indeed! I adore teh color of those peas, and seeing that they’re been poached in sangria, they must be amaaaaazing! Also, the oat crumble sounds super delicious too! Gaah I’m so hungry now 😉

  5. says

    This looks amazing Allie – such a creative dish and you rocked it by using 7 ingredients this month! Love that this is no bake too and the pretty color of the poached pear – such a simple yet stunning dessert :)

  6. says

    Oh Allie this is a brilliant recipe!! I love that you poached the pears in Sangria (my favorite!!) and that crumble adds a great crunch. Love everything about this recipe. Good job in challenging yourself with the ingredients and creating a wonderful recipe.

  7. says

    Who would have thought I’d be drooling over a pear?? This looks sooo yummy and absolutely perfect. What a great dish to devour as we wait for Spring’s definite arrival. You are seriously SO talented, lady!!!

  8. says

    Simply Stunning – Would love to see this submitted at Food Foto Gallery . com so I can share with all my foodie friends :)


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