Perfect Poached Pears are possibly the most elegant and the easiest fall dessert. This dish comes together with just minutes of prep time with a flavorful broth of red wine, orange juice, lemon peel and cinnamon sticks. Classy. Easy. Elegant. Healthy. Most of all, delicious!
I have wanted to try poaching pears for 50 years.
As a little girl I thought they looked so elegant in my mom’s issue of Gourmet magazine. I would daydream and picture myself in a pretty white apron serving these beauties to all my guests and getting not just Oooohs and Aaaahs, but applause!
I was worried that this dish wouldn’t live up to the scene in my head. I was wrong. It was even better. Okay, I admit I didn’t have a white lacy apron over my black satin cocktail dress with heels and silk stockings. I didn’t serve them on my grandmother’s silver tray. I didn’t have a room full of foodies cheering as I waltzed to the table, smiling graciously.
But the Hubs and my son ate every last bite – even the lemon peel. And that scene was even better than the one I had dreamed.
I served these up with a cinnamon ice cream for my family and ate mine without – either way these truly are stunningly good. The surprise is the lemon peel. I added it just for flavor – but it turns out that it is also edible and as delicious as the pears!
Our family was lucky enough to live in a valley that grows most of the pears Americans eat – the Hood River Valley. Our friends still own an orchard there and have a fruit business which they appropriately named The Fruit Company. Their fruit is superb and I highly recommend ordering some for gifts this holiday season – especially their pears, which truly can’t be beat. And No, they are not paying me to say this and they don’t even know I am writing this post. But their fruit is the best out there, and you won’t be disappointed if you order a basket or box. Do yourself a favor and order their chocolate dipped pears right now!
Happy Fall all!
– posted by Donna