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Boozy Poached Pears


Whenever there is the slightest chance of cold weather or rain, my favourite thing to make is gluhwein. It reminds me of trips to Paris, and cold wet rainy days in London where everywhere I went, I was offered a mug of steamy mulled wine. I got to sip gluhwein as I rode around the streets of Paris in a buggy, watching all the people and seeing the Eiffel Tower. And every market in London had queues of people waiting for apple cider and gluhwein. I think this hot spicy drink is just delightful… I want to crawl up on the couch with a book and just get lost in my story.

Now another great thing to do when you have the urge to make gluhwein is also poached pears.

Boozy Poached Pears

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  • 2 cups red wine
  • 1 cups water
  • ½ cup castor sugar
  • 2 strips orange rind
  • Juice from one orange
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 firm pears, peeled and halved
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 400 ml Greek yoghurt



  1. Combine wine, water, sugar, orange juice, rind and spices in a medium pot.
  2. Bring to the boil, stirring until sugar has dissolved.
  3. Reduce heat, add pear halves and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until tender.
  4. Remove pear halves and half of the liquid. Set aside.
  5. Boil remaining liquid until reduced and thickened slightly.
  6. Mix the yoghurt and cinnamon until well combined.
  7. For serving, drain pears from liquid and divide between serving bowls.
  8. Drizzle with reduced liquid and accompany with yoghurt.
  9. You can add your choice of toasted chopped nuts.


Take the leftover liquid, add some more wine, reheat and you will have the best gluhwein you have ever tasted :-)


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