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Serves :

Preparation Time :
20 minutes

Cooking Time :
40 minutes

Preparation Method :

  • Pour the wine into a heavy pan ,Stir the cinnamon stick, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, peppercorns, caster sugar and citrus rinds into the wine.
  • Peel the pears, leaving the stalks intact, and stand them in the pan.
  • The wine should only just cover the pears. Bring the liquid to the boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer very gently for 20 minutes or until the pears are tender.
  • Transfer the pears to a bowl, Using a slotted spoon.
  • Boil the poaching liquid until it has reduced by half. Strain the syrup over and around the pears and serve hot or cold.


  • 1 bottle full-bodied red wine
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • ½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 9 peppercorns
  • 150 grams castor (superfine) sugar
  • Thinly pared rind of ½ orange
  • Thinly pared rind of ½ lemon
  • 9 firm ripe pears

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