Wine Poached Pears

Wine Poached Pears
  • 4-6 firm bosc pears, peeled (not soft/fully ripe)
  • 4 cups dry red wine 
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • peel of 1 orange (white pith removed, orange zest only)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 cloves
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 star anise pods
  • 1 tsp peppercorn
  • 1 heaping tsp allspice berries
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 pinch ground cardamom
  • Optional: mascarpone for serving

(1) Combine all in a dutch oven or heavy pot over medium heat; stir to combine and bring to a simmer. 

(2) Let simmer, turning the pears occasionally, for up to one hour, until pears are fork tender. Remove from heat and let cool (in liquid, covered) to just above room temp.

(3) Serve drizzled heavily with the cooking liquid, optional: with a large dollop of mascarpone cheese.