Poached Pears

Some days I want a nice, decadent, sleek and delicious dessert to finish off an equally amazing dinner just like these stunning Poached Pears. J isn’t really a fan of pears on their own but, these Poached Pears turned out so well, she couldn’t resist. Made me happy, I have someone now to share these with. Elegant and super easy, this makes for a perfect ending to any dinner occasion.

Around here we don’t drink, nor do we cook with any alcohol either so I figured that some Concord grape juice and some non alcoholic red wine would blend in perfectly. I should say it did. I remember working at a few different restaurants in Toronto that served this style of Poached Pear and it was always  their top seller. Do you ever sit and remember the days of old and things that brought you pure joy for just that moment in time? I like to remember some super delicious and sexy desserts like these Poached Pears.

These Poached Pears can be served with numerous different sides of your choosing. I used to love having served with a dollop of Marscapone cheese. Mmmm, just superb and perhaps a sprig of mint too. Ha ha, I literally just made myself drool. Poached until just tender to the tip of a fork, the juice was absorbed in abundance and the texture simply velvety and smooth. Dressed in a luxurious and creamy reduction, we opted to eat these Poached pears straight up. Man I’m so glad J loves these as much as I do. So easy to make and the taste is second to none.

Poached Pear Necessities:

  • 4 Bosch Pears
  • 2 cups Merlot/ Cabarnet
  • 1/2 cup pink lemonade
  • 1 cinnamon stick whole
  • Peel of a clementine
  • 8 blackberries
  • 6 strawberries
  • 1/3 cup white sugar

Poaching Pears:

  1. In a medium sized pot make sure your pears can stand upright with enough room to lean over.
  2. Remove pears from pot and add the rest of ingredients to pot.
  3. Over medium heat, bring your mixture to a simmer for about 5 mins.
  4. Peel your pears leaving the stem on.
  5. Remove mixture from heat and strain out the berries and any seeds.
  6. Add the liquid back into your pot along with the cinnamon stick and add your pears.
  7. Over medium low heat, poach your pears for 35-40 mins rotating them every 5-7 mins to cook evenly on all sides.
  8. Make sure to lean your pears on their sides while poaching to ensure an even poach on all sides.
  9. Once your pears are poached and softly firm, remove from heat and leave standing upright.
  10. When ready to serve, remove the pears from the pot and reduce your liquid until it becomes thick and syrup like.
  11. Place your pear on your plate and drizzle with your syrup.

Decadent, sleek, succulent and oh so delicious, this super simple and elegant dessert will wow your other half or those special dinner guests. I would love to tell you a whole lot more about these pears in particular but, they are screaming my name and I’m off to indulge. Make them, love them, make them again.

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