Pears Poached in White Wine and Vanilla

Simple and elegant, poached pears are always a treat. Make them ahead and keep them in the fridge; they will last for 2 weeks. If you can’t find tiny Seckel pears, 4 Bosc pears will work too.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 25 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 8 firm Seckel pears, peeled
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split

Directions

  • In a small pot, mix together the water, wine, and lemon juice. Add the pears, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla, and heat to just below a simmer.
  • Place a clean dish towel on top of the pears to keep them from floating too high. Allow the towel to totally soak.
  • Cook very gently for about 13 minutes or until a small knife inserted in the bottom of the pear comes free with no resistance. Pour the pears and liquid into a shallow dish and place in the refrigerator to cool, uncovered. Serve the pears in bowls with some of the liquid poured on top.

Recipe Information

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 8 firm Seckel pears, peeled
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split

Directions

  • In a small pot, mix together the water, wine, and lemon juice. Add the pears, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla, and heat to just below a simmer.
  • Place a clean dish towel on top of the pears to keep them from floating too high. Allow the towel to totally soak.
  • Cook very gently for about 13 minutes or until a small knife inserted in the bottom of the pear comes free with no resistance. Pour the pears and liquid into a shallow dish and place in the refrigerator to cool, uncovered. Serve the pears in bowls with some of the liquid poured on top.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories170
Total Fat0g
Saturated Fat0g
Cholesterol0mg
Sodium15mg
Total Carbohydrate40g
Dietary Fiber5g
Sugars31g
Protein1g