When it comes to red wine, it may surprise some people to know how perfect it is to use for desserts. With the right ingredients, the red wine turns into a delicate treat. Wine poached pears are a great example of a delicious wine dessert.
Pinot noir is the perfect wine to poach pears in because of its fruit forward qualities. I used Cambria's Benchbreak Pinot Noir to poach my babies. It was the ideal wine to use for this recipe because their wine comes from grapes from one of the oldest planted vines in Santa Barbara County. This gives their wine a richness and earthiness that compliments the pears in such a way that the fruitiness is emphasized to an almost dark berry flavor.
Add some mascarpone cream and chopped mint leaves, and you have a truly elegant dessert. The Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir creates such a deep, rich, beautiful color that it begs you to take a bite.
I made these beauties for a small Farm-to-Table Potluck I was hosting and they were the hit of the party. When thinking of recipes for my party, I saw a wheelbarrow of bosc pears at a farmer’s market, and they were calling to me. I knew I needed to make something with them. I didn’t want a dessert that was too sweet, but rather something that would leave my guests wanting more and demanding the recipe.
I had never made this recipe before, and was a bit intimidated. It looks so fancy schmancy, but I was surprised at how effortless it was, and everyone at the potluck was none the wiser. I came off as if I had some culinary classes under my belt.
Why not impress all your guests with an easy recipe that is perfect for your next event?
Pinot Noir Poached Pears
- 6 medium sized bosc pears
- 1 bottle Pinot Noir
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 whole vanilla bean
- 4 tbsp lemon juice
- Peel the skin off each pear leaving the stem. Cut off about ¼" off the bottom of the pears so they stand up straight. Fill a large bowl with cold water and 2 tbsp lemon into the water. Place pears in lemon water to prevent browning.
- In a large pot, combine wine, sugar, vanilla bean and 2 tbsp lemon juice over medium heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Gently add pears and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, turning occasionally, for 1 hour or until pears are tender. Remove gently with a slotted spoon.
- 2 (8 ounce) container mascarpone cheese softened
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ½ cup powdered sugar
Whisk together until smooth.
By Erin Kennedy
About the author:
Erin Kennedy is the founder and editor of My Thirty Spot, a lifestyle website, and My Cooking Spot, a website dedicated to all things food related. Erin currently resides with her husband and two adorable kitties in Phoenix, AZ. Her interests include dressing chic on a budget, sharing anti-aging tips, cooking, creating new recipes and capturing life through photography.