It might not be the first thing that pops into mind when it comes to dreaming up a decadent dessert, but once you’ve tried this poached pears in red wine recipe, you won’t get it out of your head for days after.

Damhuis Restaurant’s pastry chef, Benja De Villiers, puts her spin on this delicious dessert and make it easy for you to whip up and enjoy over the festive season (and any time afterwards, of course).

Poached Pears in Red Wine Recipe



  • 4 Pears
  • 500ml Eed wine
  • 100g Sugar
  • 5 Cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 Lemon (cut into quarters)
  • 1/2 Orange (cut into quarters)



  1. Please peel and score the pears.
  2. In a saucepan, place the red wine, sugar, cinnamon sticks, lemon and orange quarters.
  3. Bring it up to the boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer.
  4. Place the pears in the liquid and put a smaller pot or plate on top to weigh it down to ensure equal coverage.
  5. Cook at a simmer until the pears are al dente (6 to 10m min). Insert a toothpick into the bottom to confirm this.
  6. Remove the pears from the liquid and serve with crème anglaise.


Alternate serving suggestion

Add corn flour to the remaining cooking liquid to thicken it and glaze the pears.


Poached pears in red wine recipe

Be sure to check out which tasty treats we serve at Damhuis Restaurant on our Dessert Menu.