Poached Pears in Red Wine with Cinnamon or Star Anise

Poached Pears in Red Wine with Cinnamon or Star Anise

This dessert is not only great in taste but beautiful to look at.

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  • vegan-desserts


  • 4 firm pears
  • 2 tbsp agave or maple syrup – available from large supermarkets or health food shops
  • 300ml/10fl oz red wine – vegan wine is pretty easy to source. See link below
  • Pinch of cloves
  • Stick of cinnamon OR 1 star anise
  • Vegan Booze
  • It is pretty easy to get cruelty-free booze – however, while basic ingredients are fine, it’s what some manufacturers use to fine (clarify) wine, beer and cider that can be a problem.
  • Viva! Wines sells a good range of all-vegan wines and other animal-friendly tipples!
  • Useful sites include
  • Vegan Frommars is a very comprehensive website which includes supermarket as well as brand names.
  • Veggie Wines covers beer and cider as well as wine.
  • Barnivore is a very useful website listing vegan alcoholic drinks.


1. Peel the pears, leaving them whole but keeping the stalks.

2. Put wine, syrup, cinnamon and cloves in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, add pears and simmer gently for 30-40 minutes or until pears are cooked right through.

3. When ready, remove them from a pan with a slotted spoon and place them in individual dishes. Remove cinnamon stick. If using star anise, keep it for garnish.

4. Vigorously boil liquid in pan until it has reduced by half. Pour syrup over pears and chill.

Optional extras / notes

  • 1 hour, including 20 minutes chilling time

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