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Pears Port Wine Sauce Recipe

Pears Poached in Ruby Port With SpicesPears Poached in Ruby Port With Spices

That is my favorite dessert! When I visit Porto, I always order Pears with Port Wine in the local restaurant. It is a sweet dessert with a strong flavor of spices.

This recipe is perfect for family dinners because you can prepare it a few days in advance.

How to say Poached Pears in Portuguese?

It is pêra bêbada (drunk pear).

Are Pears Poached in Port meant to be eaten hot or cold?

Poached Pears are perfect for all seasons as they can be served warm on winter days or chilled on summer days. However, I always eat cold.

a couple in the Douro RiverShould Poached Pears be refrigerated?

Yes. You should be refrigerated the Poached Pears if you don’t eat them immediately and serve them cold.

How long do Pears Poached in Port keep in the fridge?

About six days.

Is Pears with Port Wine Sauce suitable for vegetarians or vegans?

Yes, Pears with Port Wine Sauce is suitable for vegetarians or vegans because it doesn’t contain meat or fish products.

Is Pears with Port Wine Sauce gluten-free?

Yes, the recipe does not use any ingredients with gluten, so it should be suitable for a gluten-free diet.

Poached Pears In Red WineWhat is the best pear for this dessert?

In Portugal, we always use Pêra Rocha (literally “rock pear”). It is a native Portuguese variety of pear. This pear is hard and firm, crunchy, juicy, and sweet.

How many calories have Portuguese poached pears?

One Portuguese poached pear has 385 Calories.

Port Wine Poached Pears’ Recipe


  • 6 Pears
  • 3 cups Ruby Port Wine
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Three cinnamon sticks
  • 1-star anise
  • Four cloves
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ tbsp orange zest
  • ½ tbsp. lemon zest
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Small-Group Tours in PortoINSTRUCTIONS

In a saucepan, combine all the ingredients, except the pears. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Simmer the liquid gently for 15 minutes while peeling the pears, but leave them whole with the stalk intact for decoration.

Drop in the pears and continue to simmer for around 30 minutes. If the sauce doesn’t cover the pears, you must turn the pears sometimes to make sure they cook evenly.

Remove the pears, and then reduce the remaining sauce by about half. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Strain and pour generously over the pears.

Serve and eat either warm or cold with cream, vanilla ice cream, or chocolate cake.

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