Poached Pears

Poached Pears

This recipe is great for any pear, ripe or unripe. I have even made this recipe using small baby pears, and served each person an individual pear. Cook with whatever wine you love the most.

poached pear recipe

  • Yield: About : 12 Individual Desserts
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes

wine-poached pears ingredients

  • 6 Ripe Pears, seeded and quartered
  • 3 Cups White Wine
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 1/2 Cup Pine Nuts
  • Fresh Mint
  • Fresh Basil
  • Mascarpone Cheese
Poached Pears

poached pear recipe instruction

  1. Prepare your pears: slice into quarters lengthwise, then remove the stem and seeds using a paring knife or melon-baller.
  2. Add your pears, wine, and honey to a small sauce pot and bring to medium heat; simmer, but do not boil.
  3. While the pears are cooking, toast the pine nuts in a dry saute pan until golden brown and fragrant; set aside.
  4. Pick the basil and mint off their stems and chop together. Scoop a spoonful of mascarpone into each of 12 small dishes, like teacups.
  5. When the pears are fork-tender, place several pear pieces in each teacup, spoon over the sauce, sprinkle with the fresh herbs, and top with the pine nuts.
  6. Serve warm and enjoy!

poached pear tips and tricks

  • To make this recipe even easier you can poach the pears in advance and then slowly bring them up to temperature before you are ready to serve. I would recommend toasting the pine nuts in advance as well as picking the fresh herbs. Wait to chop the herbs, though, until right before service so the herbs maintain their bright green color.
  • Mascarpone cheese is a smooth, creamy, mild Italian cheese. While we were in Italy I used this in place of whipped cream or ice cream. It helps to keep dessert from being sickeningly-sweet, but still super creamy. It can be found in most grocery stores near the specialty or international cheeses.

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