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Poached Pears
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins

Searching for an easy yet elegant seasonal dessert? Look no further! Poached pears, simmered in white wine, honey, vanilla, & spices.

Course: Brunch, Dessert, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to poach pears, poached pear recipe, poached pears, wine poached pears
Servings: 6 whole pears
Calories: 510 kcal
  • 1 bottle wine* (red or white- I used Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 strips lemon zest
  • 1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 6 pears, firm (such as Bartlett or Anjou)
  1. Place the wine, water, sugar, honey, lemon zest, ginger, and cinnamon stick in a large pot.

  2. Split the vanilla bean, remove the seeds, and add both the seeds and the pod to the pot.

  3. Stir the mixture and place it over medium heat, until it comes to a low simmer.

  4. When it has reached a simmer, turn the heat down to low, peel the pears, and add them to the pot.

  5. Place a circle of parchment or a plate directly on top of the pears, to weigh them down and prevent browning.

  6. Simmer the pears in the liquid until they are very soft (approx. 20 minutes).

  7. Remove the poached pears from the pot, turn the heat up to high, and boil the liquid until it's reduced to a syrup.

  8. Serve the poached pears warm, at room temperature, or chilled, with a drizzle of the syrup.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

*If you don't want to use wine, substitute an equal amount of fruit juice.

Nutrition Facts
Poached Pears
Amount Per Serving
Calories 510 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 15mg1%
Potassium 360mg10%
Carbohydrates 111g37%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 98g109%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 45IU1%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.