Miss Kardea Brown's Red Wine Poached Pears with Vanilla Bean Custard, as seen on Delicious Miss Brown, Season 7.
Recipe courtesy of Kardea Brown

Red Wine Poached Pears with Vanilla Bean Custard

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 50 min
  • Yield: 12 servings
This dessert may seem a little intimidating, but poaching pears is actually really easy, and the vanilla bean custard can also double as an ice cream base. Even better, everything can be made ahead of time!



Vanilla Bean Custard Sauce:


  1. For the pears: Remove a large strip of peel from the lemon and set aside. Squeeze the juice of the lemon into a medium bowl filled with water. Peel, halve and core the pears, adding the pears to the lemon water as you work (this will prevent them from browning).
  2. Combine the wine, sugar, vanilla, cloves, cinnamon stick and reserved lemon peel in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Remove the pears from the lemon water and add to the wine mixture. Boil the pears until tender, 8 to 10 minutes on each side. Remove the pears from the poaching liquid to a wire rack to cool. If desired, continue to boil the poaching liquid until syrupy, about 10 minutes.
  4. For the vanilla bean custard sauce: Combine the cream and milk in a medium saucepan. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean and add to the cream mixture along with the scraped bean. Place over medium heat until bubbles form around the edges, then remove from the heat and remove the vanilla bean.
  5. Whisk together the egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl until combined. Gradually add a little of the hot cream mixture, whisking constantly until combined. Gradually add the remaining cream, whisking constantly. Return the mixture to the saucepan. Cook over low heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon, about 6 minutes. Remove the custard from the saucepan and cool slightly.
  6. To serve, spoon some of the custard sauce onto serving plates and top each with a pear half. Dollop with whipped cream and sprinkle with candied pecans, if desired.