Mulled Wine Poached Pears with Mascarpone Cream & Almond Praline

A simple dessert, the poaching liquid is strong on flavour with plenty of red wine, orange and spices. This dish really needs the cream to soften the acidity and the crumbled praline adds a crunch.

Mulled Wine Poached Pears with Mascarpone Cream and Almond Praline

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mulled wine, poached pears
Servings: 6


for poached pears:

  • 6 beurre bosc pears peeled
  • 1 bottle sweet red wine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 3 whole star anise
  • juice and zest of 1 orange

for mascarpone cream

  • 250 g mascarpone
  • ½ cup thickened cream
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For almond praline

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • ¼ cup blanched almonds roughly chopped


  • To start, in a large saucepan on medium heat the red wine, spices, sugar and orange juice/zest while stirring until sugar dissolves. Submerge the pears into the poaching liquid and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 30 minutes or until pears are soft but not quite falling apart. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before serving.
  • To make the almond praline, place the chopped almonds onto a lined baking tray in an even layer. Heat the sugar and water in a small skillet on medium-high. Bring to a boil and continue heating until the mixture reduces and turns golden (approximately 5 minutes). Remove sugar mixture from heat and allow to cool until bubbles subside. Pour over the almonds and allow to cool. Once set, tap against bench shatter into small pieces.
  • For mascarpone cream, combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk to soft peaks. To serve, slice the pears in half lengthwise and lay on plates, top with cream and sprinkle over praline pieces.

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