Poached Pears in a Port and Orange Reduction

Cook time: 40 Mins
Servings: 8


  • 8 Bosc Pears, Peeled and Cored
  • 3 cups Port
  • 2 cups Orange Juice
  • 1 1/4 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • pinch Freshly Ground Pepper
  • pinch Freshly Grated Nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tablespoon Orange Zest
  • 1 tablespoon Orange Blossom Water

  1. Place the port, orange juice, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, citrus zest, pepper, vanilla and orange blossom water in a medium saucepan. Place on medium high and bring to a boil. Add pears. Bring to a boil again and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer uncovered for approximately 20 minutes or until a knife inserted into the apples comes out cleanly. Remove pears to a bowl and cool. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Bring the sauce to a boil and reduce by half, which should take approximately an additional 20 minutes. Cool syrup and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Serve cold garnished with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream or mascarpone cream.

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