Holiday Mulled Wine Poached Pears

  • PREP 15 minutes
  • COOK TIME 30 minutes
  • SERVES 2
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I always like to end my meal with something sweet. On a good night, that usually means a small piece of really good dark chocolate, but around the holidays I want something a little bit more decadent to satisfy my taste buds. This classic French dessert is the perfect ending to any meal! Not only is it beautiful to look at, but it’s equally beautiful to eat and the warm spices of the mulled red wine warm you up from the inside out!

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  • 2 firm Bosc pears
  • 3 cups good red wine (we used a Cabernet)
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 vanilla bean (sliced lengthwise)
  • 1 orange (reserve juice + 1 strip orange peel)
  • 1 stick cinnamon


To Cook:

  1. Place all ingredients into a medium saucepan, except pears. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for at least 5 minutes
  2. While wine mixture is simmering, gently peel pears, be careful not to bruise! If pears are a bit wobbly, slice a small piece off the bottom to create a sturdy bottom for the pears to stand on
  3. Horizontally place pears into the wine mixture and simmer covered for 25-30 minutes (depending on pear size). With a slotted spoon, gently turn the pears every 5 minutes to ensure an even poach and color

To Serve:

  1. After pears are cooked, remove saucepan from heat and let cool at room temperature in the liquid. Cool in the refrigerator before serving, up to 24 hours. Turn occasionally for an even coat
  2. When ready to serve, remove pears from liquid and place on serving a dish. Return saucepan to heat and boil, reduce to medium heat and cook until reduced by half; the liquid will become syrupy. Let cool at room temperature and drizzle over pears before serving!

From the Chef:

I definitely recommend making this the night before, allowing the pears to sit in the mulled wine overnight allows for a deeper flavor. 


From the Doc:

We also accompanied this dish with homemade whipped cream, but you can easily substitute it with whipped coconut cream to make it vegan. 


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