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Red Wine Poached Pears with Mascarpone

A pear half poached in red wine and filled with a vanilla mascarpone. Yum!

A pear half poached in red wine and filled with a vanilla mascarpone. Yum!

Poached pears make for a very light dessert, so they're an awesome choice after a heavy meal. These pears look amazing and are a cinch to make.

I used bosc pears for this recipe, but if you cannot find them, bartlett pears also work well.

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 40 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: Serves 12 people one half poached pear


  • 6 bosc pears
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 8 ounces mascarpone
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons half & half
  • 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 bottle cabernet sauvignon (you can also use a merlot or pinot noir)


  1. Carefully peel the pears (so that they have a smooth, unmarred surface) and then cut them in half lengthwise before coring them. Gently place into a large pot.
  2. In a bowl, combine the water, star anise, cinnamon stick, granulated sugar, vanilla bean, and the wine. Stir gently and pour this mixture over the pears.
  3. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for about 40 minutes. The pears will be done when they are fork tender. If the pears are still hard, extend the simmer time. Remove pears from the poaching liquid with a slotted spoon, taking care not to scratch them. You can store the poaching liquid for more pears later.
  4. In a bowl, whip together the mascarpone, vanilla extract, half & half, and powdered sugar until creamy.
  5. Fill each pear with the mascarpone mixture. Keep in mind that the pears should be filled shortly before serving.
  6. The pears can be plated and served immediately or stored in the refrigerator for later. They are great when warm, but I think they're even better served cold!


AJ from Australia on April 19, 2015:

This dessert looks delish. Such a tasty combination of ingredients.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 05, 2012:

My husband has poached pears in red wine and served them with a cheese course. Delicious! The mascarpone filling would be a decadent yummy touch! Up and useful votes and will share.

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on September 16, 2012:

This makes me want to go straight to the kitchen to start cooking!

I am adding this to my Recipe Index for HubPages

DragonBallSuper on June 05, 2012:

5stars! looks so yummy!

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on June 05, 2012:

Oh yummy...beautiful also!

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on April 22, 2012:

mmmm can't wait to try this looks delicious...

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Robin Edmondson from San Francisco on April 18, 2012:

We have cooked poached pears before but not with mascarpone. We will definitely have to try that addition. They were pretty devine on their own; I'm sure the mascarpone just pushes them over the top yummy!

cebutouristspot from Cebu on April 15, 2012:

This seems deliciously all those ingredient merge together I can't imagine the flavors hmmmm yum yum

Brittany Kennedy from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on April 15, 2012:

Delicious! I have been waiting for this hub since you posted the photo in the forum and I guess I missed it. I can't wait to try these they look delicious! Excellent job, voted up, shared.

Marissa from United States on April 13, 2012:

This is definitely a recipe I want to try! I like pears, I love wine, and I want to try mascarpone. Yum!

TMHughes from Asheville, NC on April 13, 2012:

poached pears are great on salad too! I like to poach them whole so that when I cut into them the insides are still white.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on April 13, 2012:

This looks delicious! I've never tried mascarpone - but I'll look for it on my next shopping trip. YUM! Votes and more! :)

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on April 12, 2012:

This looks so delicious. Looks easy, but looks like it would impress guests. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.

Om Paramapoonya on April 10, 2012:

Yum! I'll absolutely try this poached pear recipe. I love red wine, pears and mascarpone. So putting them all together in one dish sounds like a win-win recipe to me!

Melanie Palen (author) from Midwest, USA on April 09, 2012:

Thank you, everyone! They taste fantastic! They're such a refreshing dessert!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 08, 2012:

This sounds amazing and would wow any dinner guest! Thanks for the great recipe.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on April 08, 2012:

Pears just happen to be in season in Southern Peru, so I'm going to make your poached pears this week! They'll be perfect for dessert at our dinner party. Thank you so much!

India Arnold from Northern, California on April 08, 2012:

Such a delicate and delightful recipe for pears! I can't wait to try it. We have a pear tree on the back of our property, this season's canning will have wait until some Wine poaching is completed. Great job!


Teresa Coppens from Ontario, Canada on April 08, 2012:

Mel, looks so delicious. I will be trying this the next time our friends come for dinner!

redpointhq from Tucson, AZ on April 08, 2012:

Wow, this recipe looks amazing - and like something I could actually make.

Susan Britton from Ontario, Canada on April 08, 2012:

I love cooked pears but I have not tried this recipe. It was interesting to see the wonderful red color the pears absorbed from the wine. Yummy is right!

Bruce Chamoff from New York on April 08, 2012:

That looks good!

HawaiiHeart from Hawaii on April 07, 2012:

Wow - this sounds decadent!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on April 07, 2012:

What a fabulous hub idea! You are brilliant Mel:)

Voted you up and outta site!

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on April 07, 2012:

beautifully delicious!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 07, 2012:

An absolutely yummy sounding recipe using pears.I love pears! very unique!

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