Red Wine Poached Pears

  • ¾ cups sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 Anjou pears, peeled
  • 2 cups red wine (merlot or cabernet)
  • 1 Morton & Bassett Cinnamon Stick
  • 3 Morton & Bassett Star Anise
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Peel of one orange
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Begin by using a peeler to remove the skins from the pears before cooking.

In a medium pot combine the red wine, sugar, cinnamon stick, star anise, vanilla extract, orange juice, and orange peel.

Cook on medium heat to dissolve the sugar for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

Reduce the liquid to a simmer and add in the pears. Cook for 40 mins, rotating pears throughout the cooking process (this will insure a nice even red color).

Using a ladle, gently remove pears from the liquid and serve.

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