Easy dessert recipe: Pears poached in mulled wine

Another useful recipe for using up Christmas leftovers—in this case, mulled wine spices and a lingering bottle of red. 


  • 6 pears, stalks attached, peeled
  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 150g sugar
  • 2 tbsp shop-bought mulled wine spices (or a home blend of orange peel, 1 cinnamon sticks, 2 cloves and 2 star anise).
  • To serve: whipped cream or mascarpone



  • Pour the red wine, sugar and spices into a pan – ideally a small one, to make sure that the liquid is deep, rather than spread and shallow. 
  • Submerge the pears, and then cook at a gentle simmer for 35-40 minutes, until they are tender. 
  • Lift the pears out of the pan, and then heat the poaching liquid at a rapid simmer until it starts to turn syrupy. 
  • Serve each pear with 1-2tbsp of the thickened poaching liquid and a dollop of whipped cream or mascarpone. 


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