Holiday Pears
Wine Poached Pears
  • 4 Bosc pears
  • 1 bottle dry red wine, like a Zinfandel or Burgundy
  • ½ cup port - the port give a deeper color and richer flavor
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves
  • 3 peppercorns
  • Orange rind from ½ an orange
  • For the filling:
  • ½ cup mascarpone
  • 10 amaretti cookies, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to low and simmer 45 minutes to one hour. This helps create the spicy infusion of flavors.
  2. Core the pears by using a knife to cut out the bottom of the pear, then scoop out the seeds with a melon baller. I carve a larger than usual cave to make room for the mascarpone and amaretti mixture, a surprise treat inside.
  3. Peel the pears starting from the stem, and down toward the bottom. This keeps the shape of the pears. Slip each pear into the simmering wine and poach for approximately 45 minutes to one hour. I use a deep wooden spoon or ladle to baste the pears every 15 minutes or so. A metal spoon might cut the delicate fruit. Gently flip them several times so their burgundy color is even.
  4. Cool in the pot, preferably overnight.Filling
  5. Mix together the mascarpone and amaretti cookies. Stir in the almond extract. I like to have a few bites of cookie when I eat it with the pear, so don’t pulverize the amaretti. Gently stuff the bottom of the pears with the filling and set upright on a platter. Pour a little of the poaching liquid onto the bottom of the platter. Dust with powered sugar and wait for the applause.
Recipe by Spoon & Suitcase at