When we think of fall desserts, we usually think of pies, or maybe apple crisp. We think of things with crust, or topped with frosting. Let’s expand our horizons a little: Pears poached in red wine.
It isn’t exactly a typical go-to fall dessert, but in my opinion, it should be. It’s so simple, smells SO good, and is more delicious than you could imagine. Pears, red wine, a cinnamon stick or two, a few more spices, and done. An elegant dessert you might see in a restaurant, right in your kitchen. Oh, and did I mention it’s gluten free??
- 4 Organic Pears
- 1 bottle of red wine (dry, full-bodied works best)
- 3/4 cup sugar (honey works too!)
- 1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 clove
- Swirl of orange rind
- Peel the pears, and cut off the very bottom so they will sit up straight
- In a medium/large saucepan, add the wine, sugar, vanilla bean, cinnamon stick, clove, and orange rind
- Turn the heat to low/medium, let simmer until sugar dissolves
- Add pears, so they are submerged
- Cover, and let simmer on low for 25-35 minutes, or until tender
- Serve at room temperature with whipping cream or Crème fraîche
What about you, what are your favorite non-traditional dessert recipes?
Take a look at more great recipes for fall here!