Pears in Red Wine

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Pears in Red Wine
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Pears in Red Wine [1] [2] aka poires au vin rouge, is a common dessert dish, use good wine!


  • 4 slightly under-ripe pears (Bartletts are best)
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • red wine (good quality, robust)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • 4 peppercorns
  • several pieces of orange zest


  1. Peel the pears, leaving stalks.
  2. Place into a pan where they will fit snugly.
  3. Sprinkle with sugar.
  4. Pour in red wine to cover.
  5. Include cinnamon sticks, cloves, peppercorns and orange zest.
  6. Bring to boil.
  7. Cover and let simmer for ~23 min.
  8. Turn the pears multiple times during simmering, testing with a fork.
  9. Leave to cool in the pan with the liquids.
  10. Before serving boil down the spiced red wine.
  11. Strain the wine.
  12. Pour over the pears and serve.


  1. Grausman, Richard (1988). French Classics Made Easy. Thomas Allen & Son Limited. pp. 284-285. ISBN 978-0-7611-5854-7. 
  2. Woodward, Sarah (2006). the food of france. Kyle Cathie Limited. pp. 136-137. ISBN 978-1-904920-43-4.