Friday, March 29, 2013

Wine poached pear / Bosc pear poached with pomegranate seeds /Poached pear

Poached Pear, a decadent dessert to serve for a holiday meal . Pear is simmered in wine and spice.It  gets a glossy shine and soaks in all the rich flavors.

If you are tired of chocolate or milk based desserts then why not go for the spiced one this time .One needs to love the fruit,wine and spice combination to  appreciate and relish it.If u fall in love then it is a  perfect spiced dessert to finish off  a  a big feast  .The inside of the fruit still retains the original color while the exterior is ruby red ,shiny and supple.
Wine is optional, pinkish color can be attained from the rest of the ingredients.Or it  can be substituted with cranberry or pomegranate  juice but the sweetness should be adjusted accordingly. I would not recommend boiling store bought juices for long time though .

The original color of the fruit can be maintained by going for just the sugar and spice.Serve it with caramel sauce .Actually I am planning to try that  for a  kid friendly version as this is only for adults .The recipe can be played around with all sorts of spices you choose just make sure u don't add too much of everything.

The basic recipe comes from a cookery show which lured me into making this beautiful dessert.


Bosc pear-3 -4
Sugar- 1/2 cup
Lemon juice- 1/2 of 1 whole
Beetroot - 1/2 of  1 whole (Cut into thin slices)
Pomegranate seeds- 1/2 cup
Red wine- 1 cup
Cinnamon- a small stick whole
Cardamom -2-3 pods whole
Cloves- 3-4 whole
Star anise - 1 whole
Peppercorn - 1/4 tsp (optional)


1. Select firm pears with stalk intact.
2.Mix all the ingredients in a steel pot.Peel the pears carefully and cut the bottom of the pear slightly so they will stay upright when served.Immediately put the pear into the mixture so that it won't turn brown.
3.Cook the pears in wine mixture by bringing it to boil then simmer it for another 15 minutes or the pear becomes tender .Insert the tip of a knife to the bottom of the pear to ensure it is cooked but should not become mushy.
If  the pear is not immersed in wine completely then rotate with a slotted spoon gently for even coloring without bruising it.
4 .If you feel the wine mixture has not thickened enough and the pear is cooked then remove pears and simmer the mixture till it thickens to a syrupy consistency.When it cools down return the pear to the mixture.
Serve the pears sliced with thickened wine mixture, ice cream,mascarpone cheese, fresh cream  and roasted nuts or some fresh pomegranate .


  • The poached pears can be made 2 days ahead  and refrigerated.
  • It can be served warm on cold days.
  • Use red wine for beautiful color.
  • Beetroot and pomegranate gives pear the rich deep color.Once the pear has got the required color u are looking for u can remove and discard the beetroot from the mixture.
  • Ginger ,orange rind ,vanilla bean ,lemon flavored etc are other options.
  • If u don't want the spices to float around then tie in a small piece of muslin cloth  and drop in the mixture and remove once cooking is  done.

Back to pears,it can be served warm on cold days and chilled on hot days.Let me know ur thoughts on this versatile dessert.


This recipe is linked to Tomato Blues and Tickling Palates


  1. Stunning, I like how you have merged pomegranate and beet. I adore bloggers who creative new recipes rather than the same as the rest. I made a similar one but with pandan leaves, the local leaves that grows wildly over here.

    1. Thanks Nava u made my day!I see a lot of recipes using pandan leaves on net, never got a chance to lay my hands on it..:)

  2. lovely ..
    Happy 2 follow u...
    Do share dis cake for Easter sharing event...dis week

  3. Awesome one.. I love pears & wud love to try this on once :)

  4. Wow, this looks so elegant Meena :) Love the clicks too!

  5. Tempting . Nice clicks too. First time ur blog .Am following u. glad if u will follow me back.

  6. Hi Meena, thanks for being my 400th!
    Just by looking at the blog name I thought it must be Kerala - god's own country...

  7. We love wine-poached pears. Your picture for this looks great and I am craving for these pears now!

  8. Wow, that looks truly exotic. Never attempted a dessert of this kind, quite an interesting one.

    1. Indu, I am so glad to hear from you.

  9. It is so tempting and the clicks are so beautiful


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