Fall Dessert Recipes – Pears poached in red wine (Gluten Free!!)

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??

Pears poached in red wine (Gluten Free!!)

Pears poached in red wine (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


  1. Peel the pears, and cut off the very bottom so they will sit up straight
  2. In a medium/large saucepan, add the wine, sugar, vanilla bean, cinnamon stick, clove, and orange rind
  3. Turn the heat to low/medium, let simmer until sugar dissolves
  4. Add pears, so they are submerged
  5. Cover, and let simmer on low for 25-35 minutes, or until tender
  6. 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!


By |2014-01-06T05:58:38-04:00November 22nd, 2013|Fall Recipes|0 Comments

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