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Sweet Riesling Pears

With these aromatic poached pears simmering away, who needs expensive potpourri? This classic recipe will “wow” your guests as a seasonal dessert. It's simple and sumptuous. —Sunny McDaniel, Cary, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 50 min.
  • Makes
    4 cups


  • 4 cups Riesling or other sweet white wine
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 5 cups chopped peeled ripe pears
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional


  • In a large saucepan, bring the wine, sugar and rosemary to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20-30 minutes or until flavors are blended.
  • Discard rosemary sprigs. Add pears to saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 4-6 minutes or until tender. Remove pears with a slotted spoon; keep warm.
  • Bring liquid to a boil; cook and stir for 15-20 minutes or until reduced and amber-colored. Remove from the heat; stir in pears. Serve over ice cream if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1/4 cup: 103 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 4mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 2g fiber), 0 protein.

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  • sgronholz
    Oct 22, 2013

    These pears are wonderful! I like to serve them over my grandma's pound cake with ice cream...yum! Since it's just my husband and me, I freeze the cooked pears in 2-cup containers so we can enjoy them throughout the year.