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Chilean Red Wine Poached Pears Recipe
Chilean Red Wine Poached Pears Recipe

Red wine poached pears are a classic dessert across all of Latin America, but in Chile, they take on a new dimension due to the exceptional quality of its fruits and its world-renowned red wines, whether Carmenere, Merlot, or Cabernet Sauvignon.

How to make Red Wine Poached Pears?

For this preparation, it is recommended to use firm pears at their optimal ripeness to ensure they maintain their structure and shape once cooked, as presentation undoubtedly plays a significant role in serving.

Nutritional Information

Category: Desserts
Cuisine: Chilean
Calories: 300
Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 60 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Recipe of Chilean Red Wine Poached Pears


  • 750 ml of Chilean red wine
  • 200 g of granulated sugar
  • 6 large and firm pears
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg


  1. Squeeze the orange and preserve the peel by removing the white interior (albedo). Set aside.
  2. Carefully wash and peel the pears without cutting off the stem (peduncles), ensuring they maintain their shape. Set aside.
  3. In a large pot, add 1 liter of cold water, pour in the orange juice, and add the peel, red wine, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, stir to combine, bring to a boil over high heat, and simmer for 3 minutes.
  4. Add the pears, reduce the heat, cover the pot, and cook for about 45 minutes or until the pears are tender, turning occasionally and basting with the syrup, carefully remove and place in a large bowl or kitchen container with a lid. Cool to room temperature.
  5. Reboil the cooking liquid over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until slightly thickened, pour over the pears, cover with plastic wrap or a lid, and refrigerate.
  6. Serve chilled red wine poached pears bathed in their syrup, alone or accompanied, for example, by a scoop of vanilla ice cream or even red wine ice cream.

Origin of Red Wine Poached Pears

Red wine poached pears, also known as wine-poached pears or drunken pears, are a popular dessert in various regions worldwide.

Although there is no exact history of its origin, it is believed that this dish has European roots, possibly in French or Italian cuisine.

Did you know?

The pear is a fruit native to Eastern Europe and Western Asia, where it has been cultivated since ancient times, later adopted by Greeks and Romans, who adapted its cultivation and developed new varieties through grafting.


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