This simple French dessert doesn’t need much to be divine. You could serve the pears with whipped cream or chocolate sauce—
they’re even great sliced in a green salad. But whatever you do, plan ahead: This treat is best made overnight to develop intense
flavor. Kick things up by using a “spicy” wine (like jalapeño wine!); stop by your local shop or order a bottle online.
YIELD 4 servings
ZEST FACTOR Mild
PREP TIME Overnight
COOK TIME 25–30 minutes
3 cups of your favorite red wine
1 cup orange juice
2 sticks cinnamon
3 whole cloves
3 pieces crystalized ginger
¼ cup honey
4 firm pears, peeled (stems left intact) and bottoms sliced flat
whipped cream for garnish
mint for garnish
1. In a sauce pot over medium-high, combine all the ingredients except for the pears and garnishes. Mix well and bring to a boil.
2. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Carefully place the pears in the poaching liquid and cook for about 20 minutes, turning them
every 5 minutes for an even color.
3. Remove the pot from the heat and let the pears cool. Chill the pears in the poaching liquid in the fridge for 6 hours or overnight.
4. When ready to serve, remove the pears from the liquid and allow to come to room temperature.
5. Remove the cinnamon, cloves and ginger with a slotted spoon. Place the pot on the stove over high and reduce the poaching
liquid to a thicker consistency, about 10 minutes.
6. Serve the poached pears with the wine syrup, whipped cream and mint sprigs.