Monday, March 14, 2011

Poached pear in spiced red wine

I have posted a poached pear recipe last year when I first started my blog.  Back then, I was a newbie and not even sure how to write a proper recipe. Today I found a better recipe than what I used before. It is from Sara Buenfeld. This is a good one and I would love to share with you.



Largely adapted from Sara Buenfeld’s recipe
Ingredients:
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 bottle red wine
225g caster sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
6 pears, peeled, but kept whole with stalk intact

Method:
In a large saucepan, put in the wine, sugar, cinnamon, star anise and vanilla extract and bring to boil until sugar dissolved. Turn heat to medium and add pears into the pan.Poach the pears, covered, for 20-30 mins, making sure they are covered in the wine. The cooking time will very much depend on the ripeness of your pears - they should be tender all the way through when pierced with a cocktail stick. Take the pears out of the pan and let it cool before putting them in the fridge. Boil the liquid to reduce it by half so that it's syrupy. Serve each pear with the cooled syrup and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!


Note: You can make these up to 2 days ahead and chill.

27 comments:

  1. Next thing to do with this pear is slice them thinly, then arrange them on a tart with pastry cream.

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  2. That is one gorgeous poached pear!!

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  3. You used Packham or Barlett?
    Been seeing these around lately

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  4. Oh woww..I love your presentation and photo is just stunning, like from the magazine cover! Beautiful!

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  5. These are lovely! I love poached pears. Your styling is gorgeous.

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  6. Looks wonderful...I have never had poached pear, but I am quite sure I would love it..Blessings, Catherine

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  7. This looks delicious! The photo of your pear is absolutely amazing.

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  8. your photo looks like art...beautiful, cant wait to try this

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  9. Looks very beautiful and lovely click.

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  10. Love your photo. I have not had this for ages, thanks for the reminder. Diane

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  11. looks really elegant and beautiful quay po :)

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  12. hi Veronica,

    i've never had poached pear before, but this recipe sounds wonderful. i love the use of the star anise in here, should add great taste. this is a lovely picture as well! such a simple dish, but you make it look very elegant and beautiful. thanks for sharing.

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  13. So pretty! Love the presentation and set up :)

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  14. Poached pear looks extremely gorgeous..

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  15. Such beautiful colour. I adore pear poached in red wine. Gorgeous.

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  16. Sadly I still have never eaten or prepared a poached pear. They sound so delicious. I will have to try your recipe for my first time!

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  17. yummm....very lovely food presentation

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  18. I must show this post to my son, he was surfing around for a recipe for poached pear! Looks yummy!

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  19. Beautiful clicks. awesome spiced red wine.

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  20. Heyyy! Wwoww that looks amazing! And the picture is beautiful. :)

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  21. Quay Po this look really delicious!! love all with pears! gloria

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  22. That's a really beautiful photograph there! I love poached pears, they're one of my favourite desserts as they're so light :)

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  23. This dessert is so elegant being nicely decorated with the spices and red wine sauce.

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  24. Swee San: that's a great idea.

    Sandra, NEL, Catherine, yummychunklet, David, Ann, Wendy, Swee San, Diane, Jean, LeQuan, Min, Michael, Small kucing, Swathi, fitforthesoul, Gloria, Lorraine, Zoe, Priya, Jeannie, Belinda: Many thanks for your kind comments. Please know I really appreciate your support and your visits brings me lots of joy.

    Wendy: I used Anjou pears.

    Betty: I am happy you will try this recipe. It will be great to get your feedback after that.

    Jeannie: I hope your son will be happy with the result using this recipe.

    Catherine, Priya: it has been a while since your last visit. So nice to see you both again.

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  25. Beautiful! Love the combination of the red wine and spices.

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  26. Holy Smokes, I was out at the family farm on the weekend and picked enough pears to feed a small army, I knew I had a recipe for this very dish hidden away somewhere, haven't been able to find it anywhere, no need now. This looks incredible. When I make this dish, Ill certainly link back to your recipe. Love the picture, isn't this just one of the most visually pleasing dishes around? :)

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  27. Karen: Happy to know you love this.

    Anna: I am so glad that this post save you the trouble to look for your recipe. Thanks in advance for the linking back. I appreciate it very much.

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