This week’s recipe will help you use up some the pears that have been piling up in our kitchens. In this recipe, you will stew your pears in red wine with some orange slices. The stewed pears will be great as a dessert or as a brunch treat.
Red Wine Poached Pears Drizzled with Honey
4 medium ripe pears
2 cups merlot (or some other dry red wine)
1 tbsp. chopped ginger root
1 cinnamon stick
Combine wine, ginger, and cinnamon stick in medium-large saucepan. Add juice of orange and lemon and some slices of peel to the wine. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Skin pears (leaving stem intact) and cut off bottom to allow to sit flat in pan. Reduce wine to a simmer and set pears upright in pan. Cover and cook for 15 to 20 minutes rotating every 5 to allow for even cooking. Remove from heat, let cool, then place in fridge (pan and all) for 3 hours or longer (the longer they sit, the more they will absorb the flavors).
Here are a couple options for serving- for a basic recipe, serve with a few dollops of yogurt, drizzle with warm honey, and sprinkle a bit of cinnamon over the yogurt for a garnish. If you want to make it a bit more complex, try making a maple syrup reduction. Bring 1 cup pure maple syrup to a simmer in a small sauce pan and reduce to about 1/2 cup. One warning- don’t allow the syrup to boil, and make sure to stir constantly to avoid burning the syrup to the bottom of the pan. Drizzle over the pears and enjoy!
Original recipe and photo by Kayla Waldorf