These white wine poached pears are perfect served warm as a dessert with toasted almonds and cream/vanilla ice-cream or coconut milk. You can also serve them plain with poultry dishes instead of baked apples. Your call!
Make them once and you'll see how hassle free wine poaching is. All you need to do is mix everything in a saucepan, add the peeled pears and watch them simmer away until easily pierced with a fork.
serves 4 | 1 cup – 250 ml | 5 mins prep & 30 mins for cooking
- 8 small conference pears
- 2 cups of white wine
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of unrefined brown sugar
- cinnamon stick
- orange peel
- vanilla extract or seeds
- cardamom (optional)
- fresh thyme for cooking and serving
- toasted almonds (to serve as a dessert)
- vanilla ice-cream/cream/coconut milk (to serve as a dessert)
Peel the pears, but leave stems on. Bring everything, except pears, to a boil in a saucepan. Simmer for 5 minutes until sugar dissolves then add pears. Cover slightly and simmer for approx. 20 minutes until pears are easily pierced through with a fork or knife. If you use larger pears, cooking time will be longer.
Transfer pears to a bowl using a slotted spoon. Set aside and let cool or serve them warm as a dessert. For dessert, reduce the remaining liquid by 2/3 - you can use it as a syrup to drizzle over pears and ice cream.
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