Spiced Pears and Mulled Wine Syrup

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Sweet and spicy pears and a complex, gooey wine syrup.

  • Author: Kristine
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 16 pear quarters and 3/4 cup syrup 1x



1 1/2 cups Cabernet Sauvignon

3/4 cup sugar

1 cup water

1/4 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice

1 teaspoon grated orange peel

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

1 cinnamon stick

Seeds from 1 vanilla bean

4 ripe but firm red or Bartlett pears, peeled, cored, and quartered


1. Combine all ingredients except pears in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat.

2. Stir until sugar dissolves and the mixture begins to simmer.

3. Add pears and return to a simmer. Cook gently for 5 to 6 minutes or until pears are tender.

4. Remove pan from the heat and let the pears sit in the poaching liquid for 5 minutes.

5. Remove cinnamon stick and pears and set aside.

6. Bring the poaching liquid to a boil and cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until it has been reduced to about 3/4 cup. The syrup will thicken as it cools.


Adapted from this Epicurious recipe.