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White Wine-Poached Pears

Use these white wine-poached pears in the Pear and Almond Frangipane Tart from "Martha Stewart's Pies and Tarts."

  • Yield: Makes 4
White Wine-Poached Pears

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television, November 2000


  • 2 cups white wine, Champagne, or sparkling white wine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
  • 4 firm but ripe Bartlett pears, stem on, peeled


  1. Combine wine, 4 cups water, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, cinnamon stick, and vanilla bean in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, and cook for 5 minutes. Add pears, reduce to simmer, and cook until the pears are tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, 20 to 30 minutes. Cool pears in poaching liquid.

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