Classic Poached Pears
Classic Poached Pears



  • 4 ripe pears, peeled but leaving the stalk intact
  • 1 x 750ml bottle of dry white wine
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 300g sugar
  • Place the pears upright in a saucepan (you can trim the bottoms to make a flat surface). Add the wine, spices, and sugar. Simmer until nicely tender, then cover and allow to cool. Leave the pears in this poaching liquid for at least a day for maximum flavour.
  • When ready to serve, remove some of the poaching liquor and boil until nicely sticky and syrupy for glazing. Serve as a dessert with ice cream, or with strong blue cheese - yummy!
30 mins
4 serving

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