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05th Dec 2020

Avoca’s recipe for red wine poached pears is bound to impress your guests this Christmas

AVOCA’s Red Wine Poached Pears Recipe

We all want to feed our guests memorable and delicious food – especially at Christmas time.

And now you can really wow any festive visitors with this stunning dessert from the talented chefs at Avoca.

Poached pears in wine (or Poire à la Beaujolais) is a classic French dessert that will make for an elegant meal ending to impress your guests over the festive period.

The fruit’s natural sweetness is enhanced by combining the peeled pears with wine and a bouquet of spices.


4 large pears (Bosc, Bartlett or Anjou are best)

4 black peppercorns

2 star-anise pods

½ vanilla pod, cut lengthwise in half

1 cinnamon stick

1 lemon, peeled & juiced

1 orange, peeled & juiced

100 grams caster sugar

500 ml of fruity red wine (Cabernet or Merlot)

80ml Crème de Cassis


  • Peel the pears carefully, keeping the stem intact. Cut slightly off the bottom of the pear so they stand beautifully. Place into a saucepan which fits them nice & snug.
  • Add the wine, cassis, sugar, spices, citrus peel and juice & add enough water to cover the pears. Place a piece of parchment paper on top & simmer slowly until pears are tender & soft, about 15 minutes.
  • Carefully remove pears from the poaching wine & place onto a plate. Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve & return to the pot & simmer until the syrup reduces enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.
  • To serve; arrange pears onto a beautiful platter, drizzle over the delicious syrup & enjoy! We love to serve them with Vanilla infused crème fraiche & a fine grating of fresh orange zest.