Poached pears in spiced wine


400g golden caster sugar
250ml white dessert wine, such as Beaumes de Venise
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise
1 vanilla pod, split
2 strips orange zest
4 ripe pears, peeled, stalks left intact
½ x 900ml tub Carte D’Or Vanilla Ice Cream, to serve


1 Place the sugar, wine, cinnamon, star anise, vanilla pod and orange
zest with 250ml water in a medium saucepan. Gently bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes.

2 Trim the bases of the pears so they stand upright and add to the syrup. Continue to simmer, covered, for 20–30 minutes.

3 Use a cocktail stick to check the pears are tender, then lift them from the poaching syrup with a slotted spoon. Place each pear on a plate, spoon over a few tablespoons of the spiced syrup and serve with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Cook’s tip

If you’re short on time when entertaining, make this the day before and serve chilled.

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 40 minutes

Makes: 4

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 1,255kj
Fat 5.3g
Saturated Fat 4.5g
Carbohydrate 60.1g
Sugars 57.1g
Protein 2.2g
Salt 0.1g
Fibre 4.1g

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This recipe was first published in Thu Oct 30 15:38:00 GMT 2014.