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!



Rosa MaylandDecember 13, 2012 - 6:11 am

Beautiful clicks and dessert!



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.

JoanneDecember 13, 2012 - 6:50 am

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

StaceyDecember 13, 2012 - 9:00 am

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.

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!

AmandaDecember 13, 2012 - 12:55 pm


Ouida Duke LampertDecember 13, 2012 - 2:43 pm

Any recommendations on wine to use?

Greg HenryDecember 13, 2012 - 4:15 pm

They are indeed perfect pears. GREG

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

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

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.

Alison LewisDecember 13, 2012 - 8:14 pm

fabulous looking! Looks like a portrait.

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.

annaDecember 13, 2012 - 11:33 pm

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

Sherry CluneDecember 14, 2012 - 1:00 am

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

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.

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

That sounds pretty fabulous and those pictures even more so!

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!!!

Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveDecember 14, 2012 - 9:56 am

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

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

Oh my word.

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!

Ouida Duke LampertDecember 14, 2012 - 4:04 pm


Eugene ZengerDecember 14, 2012 - 6:39 pm

Looks awesome Michael and healthy to boot.

DeniseDecember 15, 2012 - 12:13 am

Adore poached pears. A classic and elegant dessert.

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 :)

LapiubelladitutteDecember 16, 2012 - 2:46 pm

I don’think there is anything that sound better!

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

Gorgeous pears, what a lovely way to use them!

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:))

afracookingDecember 26, 2012 - 4:40 pm

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

Andrew FrishmanJanuary 10, 2013 - 12:03 pm

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

Una pareja de peras.

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