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Cooking with Chef Hermann: Spiced Wine Poached Pears

Spiced Wine Poached Pears


  • 1 lemon, cut into quarters
  • 6 ripe firm pears, Bosc or Anjou
  • 2 C Red Wine
  • ½ C water
  • 3 TB Sugar
  • 3 TB Honey
  • 2 cloves, whole
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 whole star anise
  • Whipped Cream


Peel the pears, leaving a top knot of peel and the stem.  Rub the lemon on the pears.  Working from the bottom, gently core the pears.

In a pot that fits the pears snugly: cut lemons into slices, add to the pot with all the ingredients except the pears.  Bring to a boil. Lower the heat, add the pears top stem up.  Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until slightly firm but easily pierced with a knife.  Transfer pears to serving bowls.  Boil the syrup for another 5 minutes and strain.  Pour over the pears and serve with whipped cream.