• Serves 4
  • 30 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 7 Ingredients


This poached pair recipe is a really easy dessert that looks impressive and tastes delicious as well.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 2 cups Red Wine - I used merlot but don't think it matters
  • 3 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Caster Sugar
  • Pinch Dried Cloves
  • 1 Teaspon Vanilla Essence
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 4 Firm Pears - I used Packham, variety is fine as long as firm


  1. Peel the pears, leaving the stalk intact.
  2. Combine the wine, Vinegar, Sugar, Cloves, Vanilla and Cinnamon. Cook, stirring for 2 minutes or until sugar dissolves.
  3. Add the pears side down and bring to the boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer, turning the Pears every 10 minutes or so, for an hour to an hour and a half or until pears are tender. If the sauce reduces too much in this process, just add water a tablespoon at a time to ensure there is sufficient liquid.
  5. Transfer Pears to a bowl.
  6. Increase heat to high and bring syrup back to boil. Stir occasionally until reduce to a consistency that you like.
  7. Pour over the pears and set aside to cool.


I was reminiscing about an amazing Sunday lunch I had recently with some fabulous friends. I had the most amazing dessert of Poached Pears. I think I have been hungry all day so as per usual, thoughts of food have filled my brain. I decided at some stage today to re-create the dessert I had which was pears and I was suitably impressed. I have to thank god though that I only made four, as I was tempted to eat them all.

  • I’ve never poached pears before. Thanks for the recipe.


  • What a fantastic desert – thanks for sharing it.


  • I love a poached pear..they tasted so yum paired with some custard or ice cream..delicious!


  • These sound wonderful! And much more fancy to serve for others!


  • oh wow these look stunning – I have never tried something like this before :)


  • This sounds decadent


  • This recipe sounds and looks amazing.


  • This recipe looks so tasty, healthy and easy. Thanks!


  • cheers for posting. you do have a knack for all these yummy recipes

    • Thank you!!! Due to a nasty diagnosis almost three years ago realised that nutrition was going to basically become a lifesaver for me. But I have always been obsessed with food so it has become my mission to find amazing tasty recipes that are good for you as well. Worse things I could be doing in my spare time!!!!


  • I’ve always wondered how hard it was to do this. Seems pretty straight forward so I might give it a go on the weekend. Thanks for posting!

    • Poached Pears always look harder than they are. They do take a while and timing can vary depending on the pear. But well worth it!


  • Pear are great in any way but like this yum better not be alone afterwards.


  • Pears always look impressive and make a delicious dessert.

    • They always look great – and they are delicious as well.

      • Absolutely and this recipe is simply divine. :)

      • yeah it does look really good. i would serve with custard and/ or ice-cream

      • Would match it perfectly


  • A beautiful dessert that will impress family and friends!

    • Absolutely and very easy as well. Looks a lot more impressive than it actually is!


  • These look absolutely divine; perfect for the next dinner party.

    • Perfect for a dinner party – bit of a wow dish (but so easy!)


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