What could be a better combination?!


You may be surprised to know that pears taste delicious in red wine. You probably won’t get your vitamin C in this wine dessert but you can assured of plenty of enjoyment and conversations during your dinner party.


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The lovely red wine can be infused with winter warmer spices such as cinnamon sticks, lemon zest and star anise to create a festive appeal.  Serve it piping hot with scoops of vanilla ice cream – the contrast is just stunning!


2 to 4 Firm pears with stalks
100 grams (4 oz) Sugar
450ml (3/4 pint or 2 cups) Red wine – nothing too grand or two sweet
1 – 2 Cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon Grated lemon rind
1 Lemon



1. Peel the pears and slice off a bit of the bottom so the pears will stand upright in a sauce pan.

2. Put all the ingredients in the saucepan and gently heat up and bring to boil.

3. After 5 minutes, turn the heat down and let it simmer covered for 20 to 30 minutes until the liquid thickens into a syrup and pears soften.

4. Serve hot with ice-cream and fresh cream or even with a drizzle of hot chocolate fudge.