Vanilla Poached Pears

Total Time:
2 hr 5 min
10 min
1 hr
55 min

4 servings

  • 1 (750-ml) bottle white wine, Riesling or Viognier
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 ounces vanilla sugar, approximately 3/4 cup
  • 1 whole vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • 4 firm Bartlett, Anjou or Bosc pears, peeled leaving the stem intact

Place the white wine, water, sugar and vanilla bean and pulp into a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.

Core the pears from the bottom. Decrease the heat to medium low and place the pears into the liquid, cover and cook for 30 minutes or until the pears are tender but not falling apart. Maintain a gentle simmer. Remove the pears to a serving dish, standing them upright, and place in the refrigerator.

Remove the vanilla bean from the saucepan, increase the heat to high and reduce the syrup to approximately 1 cup of liquid, approximately 20 to 25 minutes. Do not allow the syrup to turn brown. Place the syrup in a heatproof container and place in the refrigerator until cool, approximately 1 hour.

Remove the pears from the refrigerator, spoon the sauce over the pears and serve.

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Delicious, I got rave reviews from my guests. Only mistake I made was to remove some pears from the poaching liquid a bit too soon, most were perfect but a couple were not completely done yet. This recipe is definitely a keeper. Oh, and I did not have vanilla sugar so I put a few drops of high quality vanilla extract in the poaching liquid - I also put a few chocolate crumbs from cookies on top of the pears - perfect for the end of a heavy meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I poached 8 small to medium pears with this recipe. It was really delicious. I reduced the syrup to about 300 mls, it was a light golden color. Nice way to use up an over abundance of pears besides making crisps. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The perfect ending to a rich meal! This one is definitely a keeper! All my guests loved these pears. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely divine! I used a nice bottle of German Riesling Kabinett and the resulting syrup was phenomenal..perfect amount of acid to balance the sweetness. I didn't have vanilla sugar but the syrup and pears had nice vanilla flavor from the vanilla bean. I served with vanilla ice cream and a sprinkling of streusel topping leftover from a recently made apple crumble. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very, very good. I followed the directions except for 2 things: didn't have vanilla sugar, so I just used white sugar plus 1 teaspoon or less of vanilla extract.....and then I added 1 more cup of water so the liquid covered more of the pears while poaching. Spun the pears around a couple of times while poaching so they didn't brown on top. Due to the added water, I didn't reduce as long as I was scared to get it brown, per the directions.....ended up, it didn't matter how thin it was. Used some of the syrup in the bowls as the picture shows and it was SO delicious. Everyone drank the syrup out of the bowl! So fun! Very good, will make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were quite good but I thought they were too sweet. The 3 ladies I served them to did not agree with me but next time I will cut back on the sugar a little. I will also cook the pears a little longer. My fault - I thought they were done enough. The sauce reduced down very nicely. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was kind of hesitant making this one. I've killed sugar/wine sauces in the past. But I was really happy that I pulled this one off. And why wouldn't I? This man is a genius. He can get me to cook anything comfortably. This one is so simple and extra tasty. I love pears but never know what to do with them. Tada this recipe is perfect!! I have to admit I did tweak it a little based on what I needed/had. I used a 3qt. pan and used 6 pears. And it came out delectable. Next time I think I can't make something by this man ill just kick myself and go for it cause he never fails to deliver. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and delicious. My pears were were perfectly ripe so I just reduced poaching time Another hit Elton. You never dissapoint me. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious -- and so easy! I served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Everybody raved about it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We tried this recipe for the first time about a week ago, and we've already made it again since then. It has already become one of my favorite dessert recipes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's Alton, dude! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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