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Red wine poached pears

Red wine poached pears

Whether you’re aiming to impress a date or simply looking for new dessert recipes to try, this red wine poached pear is a go-to sous vide dessert. Fruit is a staple of many desserts due to its abundance of natural sweetness, so we limit the added sugar in this recipe to just 1 cup since the pears already contain quite a bit and the dry red wine will help level out the sweetness.

While it may look like a work of art, this elegant and delicious dish is incredibly simple to make. Simply combine all of the ingredients into a Vacuvita bag and cook for 45 minutes. Serve immediately from the bag, or chilled, with vanilla ice cream and you have a light, yet satisfying, romantic dessert for two.

Alternatively, you can eliminate the added sugar all together and swap out the dry wine for a sweet red wine, such as zinfandel.

  • Prep: 10 mins

  • Cook: 50 mins


2 pears, firm

2 cups dry red wine

1 cup sugar

1 cinnamon Stick

3 cloves

~4 slices of orange peel (roughly 2 – 3 inches)

1 tsp vanilla extract


1) Preheat sous vide machine to 178F.

2) Carefully peel pears. Gently scrub the peeled pear with a clean kitchen sponge to smooth out any marks from peeling.

3) Combine ingredients into a vacuum bag. Use the Vacuvita system to pull out most of the air, but STOP the vacuum process before it puts too much pressure on the pear to prevent damaging it and also to prevent any of the wine being sucked into your Home Base.

4) Cook for 45 minutes.

5) (Optional) Drink a glass of wine; I mean, you have it uncorked…

6) Carefully remove pears and either serve right from the bag or serve chilled, depending on preferences.

7) (Optional) Add the wine mixture to a saucepan and simmer on medium for roughly 15 – 20 minutes, or until the liquid thickens.

8) Serve with the wine syrup and vanilla ice cream.

Bon Appétit!

Derek Gaughan, Sous Vide Guy

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