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Video:Poach a Pear in Wine

with Rachel Edelman

Pears, while delicious on their own, can transform into an elegant dessert in a few simple steps. See how easy it is to poach pears in wine.See Transcript

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Transcript:Poach a Pear in Wine

Hi, I'm Rachel Edelman, for About.com Food. Today I'm going to show you how to poach a pear in wine. Pears, while delicious on their own, when poached in wine can make simple but elegant dessert in just a few steps.

Cooking Utensils Needed

To get started, you will need:
  • a peeler
  • a large knife
  • a melon baller
  • a slotted spoon
  • a saucepan

Poached Pear Ingredients

  • red wine
  • sugar

Choosing Pears

The color and texture of pears vary. Pears are usually ripe when they are mostly firm with some give at the top.

Peel and Cut the Pear

First cut off the stem. Then peel the pear completely. Make sure you get every spot. Now cut the pear in half and scrape off any non-edible parts. With the tip of your peeler, take out the bottom of the core. With the melon baller, scoop out the center of pear where the seeds are.

Poach the Pear in Wine

Place the pear halves in the saucepan. Fully cover the pears with the wine. Add a couple of spoonfuls of sugar.

Turn on your stove to a moderately high setting to bring the wine to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer. Simmer until the pears are soft. This could take up to 30 minutes. I'm going to gently poke it with my peeler to test its tenderness. Remove the pears from the pot with a slotted spoon, and cool in the refrigerator.

Create a Wine Syrup Topping

Increase the heat on your saucepan to cook the wine. This will reduce it down to a syrup. The middle of the pear is a great place to put a scoop of ice cream, whipped cream or a homemade filling. For your final steps, put in a cookie and drizzle the syrup over the pears.

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