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Holiday Cookbook: Poached Pears Al Rosso

Posted on: November 23rd, 2010 by Amy Martin No Comments

There are so many inspirations at farmers’ markets this time of the year, and so many opportunities to eat them! Fall to me is about colors; oranges, golds, reds, purples. All the glorious colors of leaves, which, if you dry them between sheets of waxed paper, weighted down by a heavy, large book, make beautiful holiday table decorations.

In this dessert recipe, we are playing with colors too. “Al rosso” means “in the red”; this version is courtesy of Chef Frank Zucchini from the Wednesday Town and County Farmers’ Market.

Poached fruit can be found on most French menus; it is healthy and low in fat, as well as pretty spectacular when you dress up the pears with special crémes or gláces.

Poached Pears Al Rosso – serves 4-6

  • 1 tbs unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups Pinot Noir (red wine)
  • 1/2 cup Port
  • 1 3/4 cups filtered water
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • small cinnamon stick
  • 1 clove
  • 4 -6 large, ripe pears, peeled and left whole with the stems on. You can also peel and halve if you like; just be sure and core them. Recommend Bosc or Anjou pears.

Place sugar, wine, Port, butter, water, orange zest, clove and cinnamon stick in a large enough saucepan or deep skillet that will hold all the pears in a single layer in the liquid. Heat over low, stirring constantly, until sugar melts, 5-7 minutes. Place pears into the liquid and simmer on low, turning several times, for 20-30 minutes, glazing the pears often during the cooking process. Remove from heat and let pears cool in their syrup for several hours.

Options for serving

Another variation is to poach them in sweet white wine and serve them with some of the spiced syrup and a little almond gláce. Or, if you are really ambitious, you might make some of each for a red and white theme. In any case, you can’t go wrong here for a special dessert.


Written by Susan Cypert, Phoenix Farmers Market Examiner at Examiner.com

View Susan’s article on Examiner.com by following this link or view more of Susan’s articles by visiting her writer’s page.

About the Author - Amy Martin

Author of Her Plate, Amy's love of food, cooking and all things culinary keeps her endlessly plotting what her next meal will be. Her pastimes include creating in (i.e. demolishing) her own kitchen and baking far more sweets than her tiny family could ever eat.

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