Recipe courtesy of Peter Kump's New York Cooking School

Poached Pears

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  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 cups white wine

4 cups water

1 vanilla bean

1 tablespoon lemon juice, plus extra to prevent pears browning

4 pears, peeled and cored (Bosc, Bartlett)

2 1/4 cups sugar


  1. In a saucepan, combine wine, water, vanilla bean and lemon juice. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add pears to poaching liquid and poach for 8 minutes. Remove pears from poaching liquid and continue to reduce sauce by one-half to one-third. Plate pears and pour reduced sauce around each one.