Wine Poached Seckel Pears

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 55 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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1 bottle Merlot, divided

1 star anise

1 cinnamon stick

1/2 cup sugar

6 Seckel pears, peeled

1/2 cup mascarpone cheese

2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

2 tablespoons heavy cream

Fresh mint leaves, chiffonade, optional


  1. In a large saucepan, whisk together Merlot (reserving 2 cups), star anise, cinnamon stick, and sugar. Bring to a boil.
  2. Add pears and remaining 2 cups of Merlot. Allow pears to cook in the wine and flavorings, simmering at a low boil.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together mascarpone, sugar, and cream. Add fresh mint, if desired.
  4. Place a dollop of mascarpone cheese onto each plate. Top with 1 or 2 pears and serve.