Red Wine Poached Pears

We got the most wonderful gift.  Following my trip to visit Harry and David in October, I received an e-mail from their marketing team informing me that I’d be getting 6 months of their Fruit of the Month club.  And here’s the thing… I so rarely buy fruit at the store.  I like it enough, but I rarely cook with it. We’ll pick up some lemons and limes and maybe an orange or two for cocktail-makings, but to actually eat, no.  It’s not that we don’t enjoy fruit, it’s just never on our shopping list.

So these boxes we’ve been getting from H&D have been a treat.  This month, we were graced with their Riviera Pears.  Really, they’re perfect. I mean, look at them in these pictures.  Have you seen finer pears?

You really don’t have to do anything to them, but if you are going to cook them, I suggest poaching them. And if you’re going to that, well, red wine makes for a fabulous poaching liquid.  While you’re at it, you might as well top it with some lightly sweetened whipped cream or creme fraîche.  Does anything sound better?  I don’t think so.

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  • RosaDecember 13, 2012 - 1:12 am

    Beautiful clicks and dessert!

    Cheers,

    RosaReplyCancel

  • Rosa MaylandDecember 13, 2012 - 6:11 am

    Beautiful clicks and dessert!

    Cheers,

    RosaReplyCancel

  • JoanneDecember 13, 2012 - 6:48 am

    That is so so so sweet of you! I can’t get through a week without at least one piece of fruit a day…but usually two. :P These pears look amazing! the perfect dessert.ReplyCancel

  • JoanneDecember 13, 2012 - 6:50 am

    By which I mean that is so so sweet of them. I can’t think this early.ReplyCancel

  • StaceyDecember 13, 2012 - 9:00 am

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceDecember 13, 2012 - 11:56 am

    That’s so prit tay. Like model. I usually do my poaching in white wine. I’ll have to give red a try one of these days!ReplyCancel

  • AmandaDecember 13, 2012 - 12:55 pm

    Gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

  • Ouida Duke LampertDecember 13, 2012 - 2:43 pm

    Any recommendations on wine to use?ReplyCancel

  • Greg HenryDecember 13, 2012 - 4:15 pm

    They are indeed perfect pears. GREGReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarDecember 13, 2012 - 4:46 pm

    I need to get on this recipe STAT! What a fabulous idea!ReplyCancel

  • SarahDecember 13, 2012 - 6:46 pm

    Ohhh, a warm poached pear, in the cold weather with some thick cream on the side? Stick a fork in me, I’m done.ReplyCancel

  • Alison LewisDecember 13, 2012 - 8:14 pm

    fabulous looking! Looks like a portrait.ReplyCancel

  • KristenDecember 13, 2012 - 9:55 pm

    I didn’t think it was possible to make those pears look any better… they are fantastic straight out of the box. But, you did it. What a brilliant recipe.ReplyCancel

  • annaDecember 13, 2012 - 11:33 pm

    what a lovely, delicate, and healthy dessert! nice to see something light this time of year :)ReplyCancel

  • Sherry CluneDecember 14, 2012 - 1:00 am

    I’ve made these before, but yours look much redder than mine did.ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenDecember 14, 2012 - 2:38 am

    That sounds pretty fabulous and those pictures even more so!ReplyCancel

  • CarolynDecember 14, 2012 - 9:54 am

    I am BLOWN away by that first photo. Forget the recipe, I want to know how you did that!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveDecember 14, 2012 - 9:56 am

    So pretty Brian! I love that deep sweetness that comes out with you poach pears.ReplyCancel

  • Bev @ Bev CooksDecember 14, 2012 - 12:36 pm

    Oh my word.ReplyCancel

  • Michael LewickiDecember 14, 2012 - 2:39 pm

    Love this recipe. Have done different recipes with pears but never this. And they glorious for the holidays. Especially the flavours. On my last. Beautiful too!ReplyCancel

  • Eugene ZengerDecember 14, 2012 - 6:39 pm

    Looks awesome Michael and healthy to boot.ReplyCancel

  • DeniseDecember 15, 2012 - 12:13 am

    Adore poached pears. A classic and elegant dessert.ReplyCancel

  • Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)December 15, 2012 - 8:54 am

    Gorgeous! I love your site. Poached pears are some of my favorite. Love using them for a wonderful tart :)ReplyCancel

  • LapiubelladitutteDecember 16, 2012 - 2:46 pm

    I don’think there is anything that sound better!ReplyCancel

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)December 17, 2012 - 1:05 am

    Gorgeous pears, what a lovely way to use them!ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessDecember 18, 2012 - 6:44 am

    I could frame every one of those clicks. I really love poached pears and even more with ice-cream:))ReplyCancel

  • afracookingDecember 26, 2012 - 4:40 pm

    The recipe sounds delicious and the pictures are just amazing – like a still live of an old Dutch MasterReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanJanuary 10, 2013 - 12:03 pm

    MMnnn. . . I LOVES me some pears, especially when they are paired with wine.

    Una pareja de peras.ReplyCancel

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  • A Thought For FoodDecember 14, 2012 - 2:31 am

    You can use pretty much any red… probably don’t need to spend very much on it though, as you’re going to be cooking with it and adding sugar.ReplyCancel

  • Ouida Duke LampertDecember 14, 2012 - 4:04 pm

    Thanks!ReplyCancel

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