• 9 Ratings

This dessert is sweet, spiced, and everything nice. Whole Bosc pears are roasted for nearly three hours with raisins in a rich marinade. Ruby port wine, honey, star anise, cinnamon sticks, peppercorns, and vanilla beans infuse the fruit with fantastic flavor. Serve on their own or over vanilla ice cream. 


Recipe Summary

Makes 1 dozen


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  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Stir together port, honey, star anise, cinnamon sticks, peppercorns, and vanilla bean in a large roasting pan. Add raisins. Cut a 1/4-inch-thick slice from bottom of each pear to level, and then place pears in pan.

  • Bake pears, basting with pan juices every 15 minutes, until skins are wrinkled and pears are golden brown and tender, about 2 1/2 hours. Let cool in pan on a wire rack.

  • Arrange pears on a serving platter. Pass pan syrup through a fine sieve set over a bowl; discard solids. Drizzle syrup over pears.


9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 0