Poached Pears in Mulled Wine

Poached Pears in Mulled Wine

I just adore pears…and wine, so what could be a more perfect pudding than poached pears. These pears are a little different because I bought a few extra bottles of mulled wine after the Christmas rush and put them aside for a rainy day, or a snowy day in February.

Why mulled wine? Well, all the flavours that you would otherwise add to poached pears are already in the wine, so literally nothing to add except pears. Now, I know that there are people out there who dislike mulled wine, some say it tastes like potpourri, sadly I’m not one of them. I’m such a sucker for a glass of warm mulled wine, it may be because my first glass (or paper cup) of the year is always out choosing our Christmas tree, and along with the spicy aroma of cinnamon is the underlying excitement of the upcoming festive season.

You could be like me who uses a ready made bottle which I buy from my local farm shop, but they can have added sugar so do read the label. If you can’t find one that is low in sugar then use a bottle of red wine and add a box of premixed mulled wine spices.

In my case, Christmas is now long gone, but I still believe a little tipple of mulled wine is good for a poached pear. So if I can give you some advice, stash a few boxes of spices or low sugar bottles away after the Christmas rush, and see your guests come to life with a taste and smell of happy festive times.

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Poached Pears in Mulled Wine
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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 16 minutes

Yield: 8

Calories per serving: 206.67 kcal

Fat per serving: 0.23 g

Saturated fat per serving: 0.04 g

Carbs per serving: 36.22 g

Protein per serving: 0.69 g

Fiber per serving: 5.08 g

Sugar per serving: 25.44 g

Sodium per serving: 9.23 mg

Poached Pears in Mulled Wine

Perfect poached pears using either an Instant Pot or stove top.


  • 6-8 Conference Pears – peeled
  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 1 box mulled wine spices )
  • 2 cups filter water
  • 4 Tbsp xylitol , honey, maple syrup or sweetener of choice
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • Mascarpone cheese for serving – optional


  1. Add the wine, water, sweetener and vanilla to a pot and heat up either using the saute function on the Instant Pot or a large pot on the stove.
  2. Gently add the pears and ensure they will all fit comfortably.
  3. Cover and cook until soft.
  4. Either 6 minutes in the Instant Pot or approximately 20 minutes on a gentle boil on the stove.
  5. Once the pears are soft (but not mussy) remove them and leave them to stand.
  6. Turn the heat up on the remaining wine either saute in the IP or high heat on the stove.
  7. Reduce the wine to half.
  8. Serve with a drizzle of wine and a dollop of mascarpone cheese.


Mulled wine can have a high sugar content, try and find one that does not have added sugar or use a red wine and mulled wine spices.

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