Mulled Wine Poached Pears

December, 2016 · By Coryanne Ettiene

Why poach pears in wine if you can poach pears in mulled wine?  One of my favorite lazy puddings to make this time of year is Mulled Wine Poached Pears because I always have a pot of mulled wine simmering for that moment when you just need a little sip of holiday cheer.

The idea behind poaching pears is to infuse delight, the stunning gem tones that come from mulled wine poached pears is nothing short of brilliant, especially when you pair them with a vintage platter; or right off your cooling tray with a fork in one hand and a glass of wine in the next at midnight on a Tuesday night.  The richness of this treat is layered in the poaching and the reduced mulled wine syrup that finishes off the dish. And while you can skip the syrup, trust me, it is worth the 5 minutes to make because it goes on everything during the holidays seasons — ice cream, waffles, cheese, pie….I could go on and one.

Mulled Wine Poached Pears By Coryanne Ettiene

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Mulled Wine Poached Pears

Start with an amazing mulled wine, get my recipe for my modern version here.  In a medium saucepan, combine the mulled wine and sugar and bring to a soft boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally while you peal the pears. Before placing the pears in the sauce pan, slice no more than 1/2-inch off the bottom of the pears to create a flat bottom for them to rest on. Delicately place the Stemilt D’Anjou pears in mulled wine blend, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes; taking care to gently turn the pears every 5 minutes to ensure even poaching.

Once soft to the touch, remove the pears from the saucepan and place on a serving tray while you reduce the mulled wine. Turn the heat to medium high and stir occasionally for 10 minutes, or until you have a thick syrup. Before serving, drizzle each pear the mulled wine syrup and enjoy.  For the full recipe, pop over to the Stemilt The Stem Blog by clicking here.

poached mulled wine pears by Coryanne Ettiene


As a side note, my favorite way to enjoy these mulled wine poached pears is with a warm bowl of vanilla custard….  it is the like a bowl of Christmas Cheer the will leave you looking both ways before licking the bowl.  Alternatively, toss them on to French Toast with slivered almonds, or even blend and freeze to make a wintery sorbet of sorts.


poached mulled wine pears by Coryanne Ettiene

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