White Wine Poached Pears

These white wine poached pears make a great side dish for duck and other poultry dishes or a delicious dessert when served with vanilla ice cream and toasted almonds.

Aren’t they pretty, these transparent looking poached pears?


serves 4   |   1 cup – 250 ml   |   5 mins prep & 35 mins for cooking


  • 8 small conference pears
  • 2 cups of white wine
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • cinnamon stick
  • cloves
  • lemon peel
  • vanilla extract or seeds

Peel the pears, but leave stems on. Bring everything, except pears, to a boil in a saucepan. Simmer for 5 minutes, then add pears. Cover slightly and simmer for 20 minutes until pears are easily pierced through with a thin knife. If you use larger pears, cooking time should be longer.

Transfer pears to a bowl using a slotted spoon. Reduce the liquid by simmering a little longer and pour over pears. Set aside and let cool or serve them warm as a dessert.

Tip for dessert: after you’ve transfered pears to a bowl, you can add more sugar to reduce the remaining liquid into a syrup. Serve warm pears with vanilla ice cream, toasted almonds and drizzle with a bit of pear syrup.

I served these with roasted duck breast and boy was it delicious.