Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Italian Pears in red wine

 I saw this on one of Poh's shows, where Antonio Carluccio was assisting her.  What a great recipe, and so simple.  Essentially you just baked the pears on their own for 40 minutes, then sprinkle with sugar, add the red wine and lemon peel and bake for another 30 minutes - and done!  This will become a family staple.

Pears in Red Wine (Pere al Vino Rosso)

Pears in Red Wine

Antonio Carluccio's Simple Cooking © Antonio Carluccio 2009

Rating: easy to moderate


  • 6 ripe Williams pears
  • 400ml red wine
  • Rind of 1 lemon, pealed in pieces
  • 150g caster sugar
  • Whipped double cream, to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Wash and put the pears upright in a suitably sized ovenproof container. You want them to fit snugly, without too much space between them.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes.
  4. Remove the pears from the oven and pour over the wine.
  5. Sprinkle over the lemon rind and most of the sugar, reserving a small amount to spoon on top of the pears. Bake for another 20 minutes, by which time the wine will have reduced and thickened in consistency.
  6. Put the pears in a glass bowl, cover with the red wine syrup and chill.
  7. Divide between six plates, and serve with the syrup and some whipped double cream, if desired.


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