White Wine–Poached Pears with Vanilla
Poached pears are an easy but impressive dessert that you can prepare up to two days ahead of time. This recipe uses lighter and fruitier white wine along with a vanilla bean and spices to flavor the pears. Serve warm, cold, or at room temperature, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Servings Prep Time
4servings 7minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
4servings 7minutes
Cook Time
  • 1bottle white wine
  • 1 1/2cups sugar
  • 6 pearsfirm but ripe, peeled
  • 1 cinnamon stickbroken in half
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 pod vanilla beansplit open lengthwise
  • 1/2 lemoncut into rounds
  1. Add the wine and sugar to the Instant Pot and stir until dissolved.
  2. Add the pears, cinnamon stick, cloves, vanilla bean pod, and lemon.
  3. Secure the lid. Select the Manual function and cook at high pressure for 8 minutes.
  4. Once cooking is complete, use a natural release. For best results, store the pears in their cooking liquid overnight before proceeding.
  5. Remove the pears and set aside.
  6. Remove the spices and all but 2 cups of liquid. Select Sauté function and cook the sauce until reduced by half, or 5 to 10 minutes.
  7. Serve the pears drizzled with the sauce. Enjoy!
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