Simple Poached Pears


Prep School

Published by Agate Surrey

This image courtesy of Bill Hogan / Chicago Tribune


Serves6 servings

Preparation Time10 min

Preparation Time - Text10 minutes

Cooking Time30 min

Cooking Time - Text30

Cooking MethodPoaching



Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Formal Dinner Party

Recipe CourseDessert

Dietary ConsiderationEgg-free, Gluten-free, Kosher, Lactose-free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Taste and TextureFruity, Sweet

Type of DishDessert, Fruit


  • 2 cups red wine
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 6 pears, peeled


  1. Combine the wine, water, sugar, cinnamon sticks, vanilla and lemon zest in a Dutch oven; heat to a boil over high heat. Add pears to the poaching liquid; reduce heat to medium-low. If the pears are not completely submerged, add boiling water to cover. Cover pears with a circle of parchment paper; poach until easily pierced, about 30-40 minutes.

  2. Turn off heat; let pears cool in the liquid. Serve at room temperature or chilled, whole or cut in half and cored. If desired, heat poaching liquid to a boil; boil until reduced to about 1 cup. Strain the liquid; pour over pears.


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