Barb Hodgens
Barb Hodgens

Barb Hodgens loves to cook with alternative, healthy whole food ingredients, with a focus on gut health. Barb has overcome her own gut health issues through healthy eating. Share your ideas, comments and photos at the end of this post :)

Spiced red wine pears

A simple and impressive fruit dessert.

These glistening crimson pears make a pretty and festive dessert to serve at a special occasion meal. They look gourmet but are actually really simple to make. Whether you need a show-stopping dessert or just something easy you can make ahead of time, spiced red wine pears with cinnamon yogurt are the answer. The result is a light and delicious, semi-sweet dessert that is sure to impress your guests. They are naturally gluten free but can be refined sugar free or vegan by using plant-based yogurt in place of dairy.   

This beautiful dessert is made by poaching pears in mulled wine - a mixture of red wine, whole spices, zest, and sugar. The wine permeates the fruit and gives a stunning red exterior. If you cook the pears in advance, there’s a tip to make them even extra red. For the extreme red method, soak the chilled pears in mulled wine overnight (or longer) in the fridge. 

Spiced red wine pears

Make sure the pears you use are firm and not too ripe. This will keep them from becoming mushy once poached. Fully ripe pears can lose their shape and fall apart. For maximum effect, be sure to keep the stems on.

Don’t buy the most expensive wine for this recipe, however, choose something you would actually drink. A medium dry red wine such as Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon is a good choice. Note, spiced red wine pears are fine to serve to children because the wine is simmered for so long all the alcohol is burnt off.

Fragrant red wine poached pears team beautifully with any creamy cultured foods. We dripped two cups of homemade yogurt overnight for a thick, rich, and creamy labne. Any of the following cultured dairy recipes would be a perfect accompaniment.

Cultured cream
Crème Fraiche
Quark
Skyr

For a vegan alternative, pop over to our 'yogurt basics' recipe page and choose your favourite plant-based yogurt recipe – we have many.

If you’re making this recipe ahead of time you can have everything ready to go. All the components can be stored in glass containers for up to 5 days.

Spiced red wine pears

red wine pears

Red wine pears

Red wine pears

red wine pears

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Spiced red wine pears with cinnamon yogurt 

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