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Wine-Poached Pears With Vanilla-Cinnamon Sauce

Your average Anjou may not seem as “sexy” as trendier fruits. But poach it in red wine and—hello! Plain-jane pears become a delicacy!

Wine-Poached Pears With Vanilla-Cinnamon Sauce

An elegant dessert, poached pears are simple to make.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Chill1 hr
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: European, French
Keyword: Dessert, Fall, Fruit Desserts, poached pears, Red Wine Desserts
Servings: 2
Calories: 160kcal


  • 2 cups Dry red wine
  • 2 cups Apple cider or juice
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 2 Strips lemon peel
  • 1 Vanilla bean, split
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 2 Anjou, Bosc, or Bartlett pears, peeled
  • 1 cup Poaching liquid
  • ½ cup Blackberries, divided
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt, divided


  • Boil wine, cider, sugar, lemon peel, vanilla bean, and cinnamon in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to low, add pears, and poach until easily pierced with a knife, about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Allow pears to cool in liquid for at least 1 hour or chill overnight. Halve pears lengthwise, then remove core with a melon baller.
  • Reduce 1 cup of poaching liquid in a small saucepan over high heat to 1/4 cup, about 15 minutes. To serve, arrange 2 pear halves on each serving plate, top with yogurt and berries, then drizzle with sauce.


Per pear, Calories: 160

Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories160
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 1g 2%
    • Cholesterol 3mg 1%
    • Sodium 26mg 2%
    • Total Carbohydrate 40g 14%
      • Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
    • Protein 2g 4%

      * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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      Written by Lisa Yarde

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