Wine-Poached Pears with Prunes and Citrus

This recipe for poached pears is very forgiving. You can use white wine or red, add prunes or not. If your pears aren't perfectly ripe, you may need to cook them longer than specified.

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  • Servings: 8

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  • 8 pears
  • 1 bottle white or red wine
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 20 pitted prunes
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 1 lemon, sliced into rounds
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Pinch of cinnamon

How to make this recipe

  1. Peel the pears, leaving on some lengthwise strips of skin to make an attractive pattern. In a saucepan small enough to hold the pears snugly, combine the wine and sugar and simmer over high heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add the pears, prunes, orange and lemon slices, butter and cinnamon. Set a large heatproof plate directly on the pears to keep them submerged and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, turning the pears once, until they are tender when pierced, about 20 minutes.

  2. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pears and prunes to a large shallow dish. Discard the orange and lemon slices. Simmer the poaching liquid until it is reduced to a thick syrup, about 15 minutes. Pour the syrup over the fruit and serve warm or at room temperature.

Make Ahead

The fruit can be refrigerated in its syrup for up to 2 days.

Contributed By Photo © Petrina Tinslay Published November 1999

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