Wine and Cheese…a perfect match.

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I know…it is spring and I should be doing a dessert with seasonal fruits, such as berries and mangoes but I had these pears  sitting on the counter and this seemed like a good time to try this dessert.  I’ve always wanted to try these wine poached pears.  Something about wine and pears that seem intriguing and very elegant.  My mom is also a huge fan of red wine and I thought she would appreciate this.  The pears were poached until tender in wine flavored with cinnamon, vanilla and cloves.  I made a simple honeyed cream cheese to serve along side the pears.  A perfect and elegant grown up dessert.

 

Poached Pears with a Red Wine Reduction and Honey Cream Cheese

 

1  1/2 cup red wine

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 cup water

2 sticks cinnamon

1 tbsp vanilla

1 tbsp cloves

3  ripe pears, peeled, halved and cored

 

Honeyed Cream Cheese

4 oz cream cheese

1/3 cup half and half

1 tbsp honey

 

Mix wine, water, sugar, cinnamon sticks, vanilla and cloves in a pot on a medium fire.  Bring to a simmer.  Add pear and cook for 20 to 25 mins until pears are tender.  Remove pears from liquid and cook liquid for an additional 15 mins.  The liquid will reduce to form a syrup.

While the wine reduces, mix room temperature cream cheese, half and half and honey.  Beat with a mixer for 3 mins until light and fluffy.  To plate place pears on plate and drizzle with syrup.  Add a generous dollop of honeyed cream cheese on top.  Devour!!

 

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12 Comments

  1. May 23, 2009 / 6:17 pm

    Beautiful! It looks so good!

  2. Mia
    May 24, 2009 / 4:16 am

    you forgot the amount of sugar in your recipe 🙂

  3. JehanP
    May 24, 2009 / 4:18 am

    haha…thx!!

  4. May 24, 2009 / 5:02 am

    Lovely! Looks so pretty and tasty.

  5. May 24, 2009 / 12:19 pm

    Very, very nice and incredible photos! great post, Thanks, s

  6. JehanP
    May 24, 2009 / 1:18 pm

    thank you for all the lovely comments

  7. May 27, 2009 / 5:54 am

    This is so beautiful!

  8. LJ
    June 19, 2009 / 2:16 am

    looks great, im gonna cook it for my boyfriend tonight! thanks!

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  10. Lauraf
    September 7, 2011 / 6:13 pm

    hi…this looks so yummy. Having a dinner party soon and interested in making this. What kind of red wine do you suggest?

  11. JehanP
    September 9, 2011 / 9:28 am

    I would suggest any red wine that you would drink, I used what I had in the house at the time.

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