Poached Pears with Port Syrup

Kitchen Tested
  • Yield 4 servings
  • Prep 15 mins
  • Cook 35 mins

Port and spices infuse pears with a beautiful pink color and a warm sweet flavor.

Poached Pears in Port Syrup
Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn


4 large ripe pears, peeled
2 1/2 cups red port
1/2 cup sugar
-- Cinnamon sticks
2 -- star anise
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup ricotta cheese


  1. In a large saucepan, place pears in one layer. Pour port, sugar, cinnamon, star anise and vanilla over pears, then add enough cold water to just cover them. Bring to a simmer and lower heat to medium and cook until tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. Transfer pears to a bowl. Once they have cooled, cut in half and slice each half into thirds. Continue to boil port mixture until it reduces to 1 1/3 cups, about 20 minutes. Discard cinnamon sticks and star anise. To serve place 1/4 cup ricotta in a bowl, top with sliced pears and drizzle with syrup.


Recipe by  Chef Jon Ashton.



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