The first time I ever had poached pears in wine was in Paris. It was a few days into the new year (2014) and my boyfriend and I had been invited to a relative’s house for dinner on our last day. We drank a lot, ate a galette des rois, and after an excellent meal, she presented us with a bowl of blushed pears in a light and fragrant wine broth. I was amazed by how simple it was and yet…so delightful and so good.
This mulled wine poached pear is much, much richer than the one I had in Paris, and it is warmly spiced with flavours traditionally associated with Christmastime. There’s cinnamon, cloves, star anise, orange and lemon peels, a bit of vanilla, and…bayleaf! It is most definitely a very, very festive dessert, perfect for the season, perfect for lifting the spirits, and perfect for impressing.
Recipe for Mulled Wine Poached Pears from Nadia Lim. As a slight adaptation, I added whiskey to my whipped cream. 😉
Merry Christmas & a happy holiday to you!