Pears Poached in Red Wine

Preparation info
  • Serves


    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      55 min

Appears in
The French Kitchen: A Cookbook

By Joanne Harris and Fran Warde

Published 2002

  • About

Poires au Vin Rouge is a terrific way of preparing autumn pears, and fills the house with a marvellous scent of wine and spices. The juice makes a wonderful spicy punch – just add a little cognac!


  • 1 bottle red Burgundy
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 blades of mace


Place the red wine, cloves, mace and caster sugar in a saucepan (large enough also to accommodate the pears) and gently bring to a simmer.

Peel the pears, carefully keeping their beautiful shape and the stem on. Add the pears to the wine and simmer for 30 minutes, turning the pears to ensure even cooking and staining from the red wine.

Leave the pears to cool in the wine and the