Pears in Red Wine

I am a little behind with Tandy’s Regional and Seasonal challenge which was to cook with pears.  Thankfully I was able to find some and set to work on making Pears in Red Wine.  I used my Mom’s fabulously easy recipe which I would not alter at all but if you like, you can add a stick of cinnamon while poaching the pears and a teaspoon or two of lemon juice.  You can serve these delicious pears hot or cold with cream or ice cream or just on their own with the syrup.  My friend Moira was kind enough to take photographs for me again.

Pears in Red Wine


1 bottle red wine – I used a Pinotage
250ml sugar
20ml vanilla essence
6 to 8 pears peeled


  1. Pour the wine, sugar and vanilla essence into a saucepan and stir to combine all the ingredients.
  2. Add the pears and bring to the boil.
  3. Simmer slowly until the pears are tender.  Mine took an hour.
  4. Remove the pears and reduce the the liquid to form a syrup.