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Poached Pears

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 6 servings


  • 2 tbsp lightly crushed pink peppercorns
  • 6 ripe but firm pears, peeled and cored and left whole
  • 4 cups (1 L) dry white wine
  • 2 cups (500 ml) water
  • 185 gr sugar


  • Combine the wine, water, sugar, and peppercorns in a deep nonreactive saucepan. Do not use a plain aluminum or iron pan. Bring to a boil and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Add the pears and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the pears from the saucepan and transfer them to a bowl.
  • Boil down the cooking liquid until it is reduced by about half. Pour over the pears and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Serve the pears in deep dishes with the poaching liquid.