Poached Pears

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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3 cups red wine, such as Cabernet or Merlot

3/4 cup sugar 

1 cinnamon stick 

1 star anise 

1 clove 

Zest of 1 orange 

1 vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise 

4 pears, such as Anjou, Bartlett or Bosc, cored and peeled 

Whipped cream, for serving

Ground cinnamon, for serving 


  1. Combine the wine, sugar, cinnamon stick, star anise, clove, orange zest and vanilla bean in a deep pot and bring to a simmer. Add the pears, cover with a heatsafe plate (making sure that it fully submerges the fruit) and cook on low heat until you can pierce the pears easily with a knife, 30 to 45 minutes.
  2. Serve with whipped cream and ground cinnamon.