pears in red wine


A delicious Belgian / French recipe.

If you like spiced wine, mulled wine or gluehwein to use the original German/Austrian name, you'll probably like this too. It doesn't matter much which red wine you choose for this, as long as it's one that you like for drinking that isn't too sweet. You can buy the gluehwein sachets online or you can make it yourself with the spices you probably already have in your kitchen.

The pickling spices can be quite dominant. Even a teaspoon will alter the wine flavor noticeably. I like their effect with moderation. I don't leave them in more than 2 minutes because they will overpower the other flavors completely. The spice ball makes it easy to control that.

Add the pears for a delicious dessert.
Only use pears that are not fully ripe. Stewing very ripe pears will make them mushy. If you like these red wine pears, use them also to make pies or tarts.


This is what you need for 4-8 servings:

  • 4 slightly unripe pears
  • 1 bottle red wine, good drinking quality
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  • 1 cup apple cider / orange juice
  • 1 laurel leaf
  • 2 whole cloves
  • sugar/honey
  • ...
Pic1: pears in red wine


Serving suggestions:




Pic2: peel, cut, core
Pic3: halved and sliced
Pic4: add red wine


Pic5: spices
Pic6: simmer
Pic7: remove foam


Pic8: all done
Pic9: fancy cut — internet picture
Pic10: tart — internet picture


turkey soup with red wine pears


More experimentation.

I liked the pears & turkey soup, so of course I had to try this one too. Where the regular pears compliment the turkey soup sweetness in a nice harmony, the red wine pears contrast and clash with it discordantly.

I liked the mulled wine in turkey soup as long as it didn't exceed a 1/5 ratio, but I couldn't appreciate the red wine pears in turkey soup at all.


This is what you need for each serving:

  • red wine pears
  • turkey soup


1. turkey soup with mulled wine (Pic11+13)
I liked this one, on a 1/5 ratio. Anything more and the wine became too dominant.

2. red wine pears in turkey soup (Pic14+15)
Not so much. The flavor of the red wine pears was too strong to my liking over the soup. I like the red wine pears in their own mulled wine, but here they completely overpower the turkey soup. I wonder if I would blend just one pear quarter into a bowl of soup. would it be more palatable?


Pic11: turkey vegetable soup
Pic12: mulled wine
Pic13: add turkey soup


Pic11: turkey vegetable soup
Pic14: red wine pears
Pic15: add turkey broth