Poached Pears with Honey Mascarpone Cream in 30 Minutes!

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Poached Pears served with a smooth Honey Mascarpone Cream is an elegant holiday dessert that looks so much more complicated than it actually is – but I promise you that it is easy! Your guests will think you spent hours on this dessert when in reality it was less than 30 minutes!

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Poached Pears

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required as well as understand the steps and timings involved.

The Christmas holiday season is always about eating, drinking, and be merry, and it can be quite easy to over indulge!

Of course, many of us love decadent desserts, but if you want to serve something a little lighter then why not make these wine-poached pears?

Poached pears are a classic, simple dessert and are made by cooking them in syrup that’s been flavored with spices and other aromatics.





In this recipe, the syrup is made with sweet white wine, honey, cinnamon, cloves, and star anise. You could adjust the spices to your personal tastes if you like.

Once cooked and cooled slightly they are served with a mascarpone cream that’s been flavored with orange zest, honey, and vanilla. Then the final flourish is a dusting of ground cinnamon.

The pears poach quite quickly – just 30 minutes – and can be made in advance too. Store them in the cooking liquor in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

You may have some of the ingredients for this recipe in your kitchen already – the full list with measurements is found in the recipe card.

For your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients and equipment needed for this recipe have been listed below and linked to Amazon if available online.

  • Riesling – or other sweet white wine
  • Honeybuy local honey if you can
  • Whole Cinnamon Sticks
  • Whole Cloves
  • Whole Star Anise
  • Pears – see below for the best kind to use for poaching
  • Ground Cinnamon – for dusting
  • Mascarpone Cheese – an Italian soft cheese made from cream and resembling cream cheese. It can be used in sweet dishes such as this recipe, or tiramisu, or cheesecakes; it can also be used in savory dishes like pasta sauces.
  • Half and Half – a blend of whole milk and light cream. If not available in your area, you can use single cream or half cream
  • Pure Vanilla Extractalways buy the best you can afford as it does make a flavor difference
  • Orange Zest

This recipe uses American cups. They’re a handy piece of kitchen equipment to have along with a kitchen food scale. Having both in your kitchen means you’ll be able to make all of the different recipes on my blog as I use both cups and weighted measures.

What Are the Best Pears to Use for Poaching?

The key to success with this recipe is to choose a naturally firm pear variety, such as Anjou, Comice, Williams, or Bartlett.

Softer pear varieties and/or overly ripe specimens have a tendency to turn to mush while cooking, so it pays to choose carefully while shopping.

You also want to use pears that are not quite ripe for this dish.

Pears Poached in Wine with Honey Mascarpone Cream

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Poached Pears with Honey Mascarpone Cream

How Do I Make Poached Pears?

Just check out the recipe card below with full ingredients, and instructions. You can print the card out too (don’t worry, the pics don’t print to save your ink!).

Poached Pears Recipe

Poached Pears with Honey Mascarpone Cream

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Poached Pears served with a smooth Honey Mascarpone Cream is an elegant holiday dessert that looks so much more complicated than it actually is - but I promise you that it is easy!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Riesling or other sweet white wine
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 3 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tsp whole cloves
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 6 firm pears, peeled
  • Dash ground cinnamon, for garnish

For the Honey Mascarpone Cream

  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3 Tbsp half & half (single cream)
  • 3 Tbsp runny honey
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp orange zest

Instructions

  1. Combine wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and star anise in a large skillet with high sides. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the honey is melted and the spices become fragrant. Approximately 5 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, halve the pears and carefully remove the seeds with the tip of a potato peeler or small spoon.
  3. Carefully add the pears to the simmering poaching liquid. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the pears are tender. Do not overcook.
  4. While the pears are poaching, place the softened mascarpone cheese and half & half in the bowl of a stand mixer and whip until light and airy. (If you don’t have a stand mixer, use a hand-held mixer to blend).
  5. Add the honey, vanilla extract, and orange zest and whip until combined. Place in the fridge to chill before serving.
  6. Remove pears from heat and cool slightly. Serve immediately with a spoonful of the honey mascarpone cream and a dash of cinnamon. Top with a drizzle of the poaching liquid, if desired. Enjoy!
  7. Poached Pears Recipe

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 490Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 178mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 7gSugar: 43gProtein: 3g

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