Two of autumn’s favorite fruits are paired to make these stunning and elegant pomegranate and red wine poached pears dessert. Find more of my pomegranate recipes.
As the year is winding down, life is getting hectic. Sometimes, we have to stop and enjoy the holidays and not get lost in the holiday shopping or cooking. I like to spend the end of the year taking stock of what I have, as most people like to do.
Holiday parties are happening every weekend and trying to do it all during the holidays can totally stress you out. So I am always on the hunt for easy recipes when you are entertaining during the holidays. And these pomegranate and red wine poached pears make a stunning dessert.
What is poaching?
So before we get into the recipe for these gorgeous pomegranate poached pears, let’s go over what poaching means. Poaching is a cooking technique where you simmer your food and cook it in a little liquid. If the food is completely immersed and cooked in liquid, this would be considered stewing.
These pears are poached in a bit of pomegranate juice, red wine, sugar and star of anise. It only takes about 30 minutes to poach these pears, where stewing using takes a couple of hours. We do not want our pears to turn into mush or the consistency of apple sauce, so we will gentle poach them for a short time.
If you do not have star of anise, you can also drop in a cinnamon stick or some cardamom pods for aroma and flavor.
Do I have to poach pears in red wine?
If you do not drink alcohol, you can totally poach the pears without the red wine. Just replace the wine with more pomegranate juice.
Which pears are best for poaching?
Pears are wonderful when poached because they keep their shape after the cooking process. You want pears that are ripe, but firm. If they are over ripe, the pears will turn to mush while it poaches. If the pears are too hard and unripe, they will not soak the poaching liquid.
So look for pears that are firm but not super hard. Some of my favorite pears for poaching are Bosc, Anjou or Bartlett. They also work well for grilling! Whichever pears you do choose to use for poaching, remember to remove the skin and core out the seeds before immersing into the poaching liquid.
What do I serve with poached pears?
The beauty of these pomegranate poached pears, is that they are elegant on their own. I like to serve them with the pomegranate syrup and some pomegranate arils sprinkled over it. You can also serve the poached pears with vanilla ice cream or a dollap of whipped cream. You can serve poached pears warm, room temperature or even cold.
How long to poached pears keep?
Store the poached pears with the pomegranate wine syrup in a covered container in the refrigerator.The poached pears will last for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. If you want to serve them warm, gently reheat the pears in the poaching liquid.
Happy New Year dear readers!
- 1 1/2 cup red wine
- 1 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 star of anise
- 4 firm but ripe Bosc or Bartlett pear
- 1/3 cup pomegranate arils
- In a saucepan large enough to hold your pears bring to boil, add red wine, pomegranate juice, sugar and star of anise
- Stir until sugar is dissolved.
- Keeping stem intact, cut a slice from the bottom so pears can stand upright. Gently and carefully peel pears.
- Reduce sauce heat to simmer and gently add the peeled pears.
- Simmer for 30-40 minutes, turning every 5 minutes for even color, until pears are cooked but still firm.
- Remove the saucepan from heat and cover. Leave the fruit to cool completely in the poaching liquid.
- Once cool, gently bring pears upright, cover saucepan and chill in refrigerator at least 3 hours or up to 24 hours, periodically spooning the poaching liquid over the pears.
- Gently remove pears from liquid and allow to come to room temperature.
- In the meantime, boil the poaching liquid until it is reduced about 15 minutes over medium-high flame. You want a thick and syrupy liquid.
- Remove syrup from heat and cool to room temperature.
- Spoon syrup over pears and garnish with pomegranate arils.
Serve alone or with some mascarpone cheese, whipped cream or even a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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Serving Size:1 pear
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 310 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 13mg Carbohydrates: 62g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 56g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g