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RED WINE POACHED PEARS WITH VANILLA
RED WINE POACHED PEARS WITH VANILLA
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Show-stopping Red Wine Poached Pears with Vanilla topped with ice cream and madagascar vanilla honey almonds, the perfect winter dessert.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: dessert, gluten free, pears, sweet
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lena Gladstone
Ingredients
POACHING
  • 4 firm but ripe pears with the stem intact, peeled, cored and cut in half longwise
  • 1.5 L bottle merlot or your favorite red wine
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large orange, juiced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 6 long strips orange peel (1 by 4-inch)
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean, cut in half
SERVING
  • 4-8 scoops Private Selection™ Double Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1 cup, divided in 1/4 Private Selection™ Madagascar Vanilla & Honey Almonds, chopped
Instructions
  1. Combine wine, sugar, orange peel, orange juice and vanilla in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.

  2. While poaching liquid is simmering, peel pears, leaving the stem intact and being careful not to bruise the pears, cut in half and core, I use a melon baller).

  3. Cut a piece of parchment paper into a circle that fits in the pot, make an X for steam to escape. This will act as a lid. Cover the pears with the parchment paper.

  4. Simmer the pears for about 15-20 minutes. Gently turning every 5 minutes with a slotted spoon to ensure even color. Pears should be cooked but still firm. Cool at room temperature, turning occasionally to ensure even color. 

  5. To assemble, add two halves of pears with a scoop or two of Double Vanilla ice cream and chopped Madagascar Vanilla & Honey Almonds. Serve and enjoy!