Merlot Poached Pears Recipe

I’m participating in Get Your Chef On for the first time ever, and the secret ingredient this time is pears! So today I’m sharing my favorite pear recipe ever: Merlot Poached Pears!

Merlot Poached Pears

Pretty, aren’t they? These are the perfect dinner party dessert because they are elegant, delicious, and super easy to make!

Merlot Poached Pears

  • 2 pears
  • 1 1/2 C Merlot (or any red wine)
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 2 T balsamic vinegar
  • 2 T orange juice
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 whole cloves

You can easily double or triple this recipe if you need to feed a large group!

Cut the pears in half lengthwise and remove the core.

In a large pan (large enough for all the pear halves to lay flat) combine all ingredients except for the pears and bring to a simmer.

Once it simmers, add the pears, flat sides down. Then cover and continue simmering until the pears are tender. It should take about 15 minutes.

Merlot Poached Pears - Simmering

Once the pears are tender, remove them from the wine mixture. Turn the heat up to high and boil to reduce the liquid. Once it’s reduced to about 1/2 cup, remove the cinnamon stick and cloves, and let the syrup cool and thicken.

Drizzle the syrup over the pears, and enjoy!

Merlot Poached Pears - Drizzle with syrup

Merlot Poached Pears

Merlot Poached Pears

Super easy and super delicious!

The pears are also great cold! If you need to make them ahead of time, refrigerate them and the syrup separately, then drizzle with syrup just before serving.



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  1. Beautiful! I love the color the merlot gives. I bet these taste divine.
    Monica recently posted..Pastry wrapped pears (get your chef on).

  2. What a simple, elegant dessert. Looks absolutely delicious, can’t wait to try!
    Elizabeth recently posted..Tofu, Savion, and dancing feet. Also known as my weekend.

  3. These look delicious!

    Good luck!!
    Meg @ Nutmeg Place recently posted..GYCO ~ Pear and Prosciutto pizza

  4. Those look so elegant and yummy! Loving all of the competition entries!! :) Claire
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  5. Jen @ Four Marrs & One Venus says:

    Alright..how yum do these look?! Totally gotta try this! Thanks for cooking with us!

  6. How delicious, easy, and looks like it took forever to make. This is my kind of recipe. Can’t wait to try it.

    Thanks so much for sharing.
    Joanne/Winelady Cooks recently posted..Get Your Chef On – Pears [Tart]

  7. Fancy schmancy! I’ve never tried poached pears, but I’ll have to give it a shot. They look amazing!
    Brittany @ Crafty Mischief recently posted..Crunchy Pear and Celery Salad

  8. I can smell these poached pears via the screen!
    Mouth-watering photos and dessert
    I actually think that it could be a romantic dessert for 2…:)

  9. Jessi,

    The reduction of the Merlot looks delicious! I bet this tasted wonderful with the sweet pears.

    I’m your newest follower via FB. Please come visit me over at My Sesame Seed Buns sometime!

  10. So I’m here looking for this week’s party and instead I’m drooling over pears, which I don’t even like! :-) Looks delicious (if you like pears)!
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  11. These are look delicious. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Tuesday night through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
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  12. They look amazing!
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  13. This looks so delicious! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!

  14. These are pretty – and I’m sure they’re so good. Yum!!

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

  15. Looks amazing Jess! anything with wine is always yummy. lol. Thanks so much for sharing (sorry I was so late to visit from last week’s link party!)

    Also, you were this week’s link party ad space winner! YAY!!
    Jocie@OPC The Better Half recently posted..How to Hang Wallpaper


  1. [...] Up first, always, cause I love her… My amazing co-host Jen from Four Marrs & One Venus Gingersnap-Pear Cheesecake     Swooning over here.  Oh if only Jen and I could win.  I would’ve picked her.  Just sayin’. This is  not a cheesecake plug.  Okay, mostly not a cheesecake plug.     My Turn For Us Caramel Pear and Pecan Glaze over Cheesecake     Speaking of perfectly thick cheesecakes, yum!     Call Me PMc Bacon & Pear Stuffed Pork Loin     Paula is our un-official runner up!  Seriously, she got pears and pork (two-ways) into the same dish. I’m sold, and making this ASAP! Practically Functional Merlot Poached Pears [...]

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