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Food Challenge – Bosc Pears April 20, 2011

Filed under: Colorful Fruit and Veggie Challenge,Food,Recipe — Sharon @ 11:53 am

Bosc Pears Poached in PinotNior

I got this quick and easy recipe from About. com  What is better than taking a harmless piece of fruit and soaking it in some delicious red wine?   Nothing, nothing is better.

A few simple ingredients makes a fancy dessert- Bosc Pears, lemon, vanilla, sugar, cinnamon and red wine.

Start by peeling and coring the pears

I then poured the rest of the ingredients in a sauce pan and brought to a boil.

I could not decide if I wanted to try the pears as savory or sweet so we did both.  On one I used whipped topping and on the other I sprinkled a little blue cheese.

This savory red wine poached pear recipe is a perfect dessert option for cold winter nights or as an elegant, “fancy” brunch dish. The recipe maximizes the pear’s natural sweetness, combining it with a fruit-forward red wine and highlighting both with a touch of cinnamon and vanilla. Truly decadent!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


•4-6 Peeled, Cored and Sliced Pears (recommend Bosc or Anjou)

•1 1/2 cups of red wine (recommend Zinfandel, Shiraz or Merlot)

•3/4 cups of granulated sugar

•2 Tablespoons of lemon juice (can also add lemon zest if desired)

•2 teaspoons vanilla

•2 teaspoons of cinnamon


Combine all ingredients, except pears, and bring to a boil. Once the wine mixture is boiling, turn heat down to a simmer and add the pears. Simmer pears for 10-12 minutes and then turn pears and simmer for an additional 8-10 minutes – until they are tender and are easily poked through with a fork. Remove pears and let them cool. Boil wine sauce until the liquid has been reduced by half. Pour sauce over pears and serve with either marscapone, crème fraiche or Devonshire cream.

This dessert went great with a glass of wine and game of Scrabble with the Hubbs.


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