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Poached Pears


  • 4-6 Pears peeled with stem left on bc it adds to the "rustic" feel of the dessert in my opinion
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/8 cup vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1-2 cups water


  1. Add all ingredients, except pears to a saucepan, mix well with heat on high. Add pears and bring to a boil then turn to low and simmer for however long it takes to get your pears fairly soft. In my case, it took about an hour and I left them somewhat firm because I would also be baking mine into a galette. Turn poaching mixture off and and allow the pears to cool in the liquid. Remove the pears and marvel at just how freaking pretty they are! I mean really, aren't they gorgeous?!
  2. At this point I also added a little more brown sugar to the poaching mixture and let it simmer on low and turn into a nice thick sauce that I drizzled over the top of my galette when I pulled it out of the oven. Waste not, want not, right?
  3. Slice each one of your pears down the center, then slice them being careful not to cut all the way through so they will spread out nicely. Or just slice them however you want, I did this for pretty's sake, honestly. I was having way too much fun making this dish beautiful and I had time on my hands, okay? All my kids are in school and Joel was at work. It was a drizzly cloudy day and I had good music playing, what can I say....set sliced-however-you-want-pears to the side.