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Tantalizing Poached Pears in Pinot Grigio

Tantalizing Poached Pears in Pinot Grigio

It is about time I post another recipe. I do just wish time can stop for a moment. So I can just write more. You have… NO IDEA… in how my phone is cluttered with FOOD Pictures!!  All waiting to be written! Anyway, this recipe, I made in Autumn when pears are at their best. It was SCRUMPTIOUS!!  Just stop and think… juicy sweet pears, gently poached in white wine, a hint of citrus and spice and an adulterous smooth and creamy Mascarpone cheese!

Hmmmmm…. I don’t think any more is needed to be mentioned!

This delectable poached pear adult dessert, is full of sophistication, without any pretentiousness.  It is easy to prepare, a real crowd pleaser and light enough to hit the spot. What I love most about this recipe is that it is not overly sweet or heavy.

Poaching pears, is an easy way to turn a bottle of wine, firm juicy ripe pears, into something that is mouthwatering and sensational. Adding hints of lemon and star anise matches the wine perfectly enhancing it ever so slightly. It does not take too much away from both the wine and the pears. Serve this with either homemade Dulce de leche and vanilla ice cream or on a cool autumn evening and a little more “grownuppie” mascarpone cheese!! #Heaven!!

My wine of choice – Balance Limited Edition Pinot Grigio.  It initially was to be part of my Pinot Noir series.  This wine is autumn in a bottle. How does the sound of  fresh aromas of melon and summer grapes, hints of lingering apple and pears with a crisp finish sound to you? A subtle and delightful wine, perfect for sipping on a warm day or night.  I now feel like a glass of Pinot Grigio!

If you want to purchase this gorgeous wine you can buy it directly from Overhex’s website, but you will have to unfortunately  purchase a case of 6, which costs about R468.

Alternatively you can purchase it at Cybercellar where it can be delivered to your door for R58. (Cybercellar is out of stock at the moment) Or the best advise is take a drive out to Worcester and make a stop at Overhex Winery and Bistro, have something to eat, relax while the kiddies play, and do a tasting… by the way the make a Pinotage Milkshake. #JUSTSAYING!

I originally found this  recipe on Food Network, but added my own little twist. I used star anise instead of anise seed, thought of adding a hint of spice, you can never go wrong with a sliver or two of ginger, and PINK peppercorns. I thought pink peppercorns will be a nice touch as they have this beautiful spicy citrus note, complimenting the wine.


pinot grigio poached pears
Ingredients for the pears poached in Pinot Grigio (white wine)



prepping for poached pears in pinot grigio
Peel your pears and slice the bottom section slightly so it can stand up straight in the pot, while it cooks.



pears ready for poaching
Once peeled place in a saucepan…

pears in the poaching white wine liquid
Cover with the wine liquid mix and gently simmer for 35min. The pears should be tender but not falling apart.

End results of poached pears in white wine served with dulce de lech and marscarpone cheese
Voilà – serve with the wine syrup, a dollop of Dulce de Leche and Marscapone Cheese … perfection! 

And that is it – Didn’t I tell you it is easy? Please do excuse the food photography. I am still trying to figure out how to take the perfect food photo. Yes… Yes… my presentation skills needs more practice. But, trust me, when I say it is yummy… IT IS YUMMY! Hope you enjoy it!



431 cal


2 g


76 g


3 g
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Serves 4

Tantalizing Poached Pears in Pinot Grigio Wine

This delectable poached pear adult dessert, is so full of sophistication, without any pretentiousness. It is easy to prepare and a real crowd pleaser. Adding hints of lemon, star anise matches the wine perfectly enhancing both the wine and pears ever so slightly. Not taking too much away from the wine and the pears. The ginger and pink peppercorns adds a little spice but again, not over powering. Serve this with either homemade Dulce de lech and vanilla ice cream or on a cool autumn evening and a little more "grownuppie" mascarpone cheese!! #Heaven!!

20 minPrep Time

55 minCook Time

1 hr, 15 Total Time

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  • 4 firm but ripe pears
  • 750ml bottle of Pinot Grigio
  • 150g sugar
  • 1 long strip lemon zest
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 strips of ginger
  • 8 whole pink peppercorns
  • mascarpone cheese + Dulce de leche, for serving


  1. Peel and core the pears but keeping them whole.
  2. Combine together the wine, 250ml water, sugar, lemon zest, ginger strips, peppercorns in a medium saucepan.
  3. Over high heat bring the mixture to a boil, dissolving the sugar.
  4. Bring the heat down to medium-low
  5. Gently add the pears, making sure that the liquid covers the pears completely.
  6. Cover and simmer gently until the pears are tender but not falling apart (+-35 minutes.)
  7. Once cooked remove the pears from the liquid and set aside at room temperature.
  8. Remove the lemon peel, star anise, and ginger from the wine syrup liquid.
  9. Bring to a gentle simmer and continue to cook until the liquid is reduced to about 1 cup.
  10. This should take about 15 to 20 minutes.
  11. Serve the pears with the syrup and a dollop of mascarpone cheese and dulce de leche


For a hot summer's day, try serving it with homemade (real) vanilla ice cream.


lacto vegetarian
ovo vegetarian
seafood free
treenut free
sesame free
mustard free

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