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Spiced Poached Pears

Spiced Poached Pears

Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Soaking 12 hours
Total Time 13 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 279kcal


  • 4 pears
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder


  • Place a small deep pan over a medium heat
  • Add the orange juice, red wine, sugar, cinnamon, allspice powder, and the cayenne to the pan.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
  • Peel the pears only when you are ready to poach them as they will turn brown otherwise (keep the stems on).
  • Place the pears into the pan and boil for 25 minutes turning occasionally if there are any parts out of the poaching liquid.
  • Remove from the heat and cover with some foil until cooled completely.
  • Refrigerate overnight to allow the juices to soak into the pears completely.
  • When ready to serve the spiced poached pears remove the foil and take the pears out of the liquid.
  • Place the remaining liquid over low heat until it has reduced down to around a third of the original volume.
  • Slice the pears and drizzle over the syrup you have created with the poaching juices.
  • Serve immediately.



If time is of concern, you can opt to poach the pears for a minimum of two to four hours. It won’t be as good, but still plenty tasty!


Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 407mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 221IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg