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Sweet Wine-Baked Pears

Sweet Wine-Baked Pears

The apple takes the main stage over the pear in most fall desserts. But the beautiful and flavorful pear distinguishes itself as a fruit that, when eaten at its prime, is incomparably sweet with the subtleties of a well-aged wine.

This lovely supper dessert is a light but seasonal and sweet ending for a fall meal.

The key to the perfect pear is to let it ripen at room temperature. The best way to determine ripeness is by testing it near the stem; you want it to be slightly soft. One trick to ripen pears is to put them in a brown bag with a ripe banana!

Sweet Wine-Baked Pears


6 ripe pears, preferably Bosc, cleaned and stemmed
2 1/2 cups fruity white wine
1/3 cup honey
5 cinnamon sticks
4 bay leaves
5 strips organic orange zest

1. Preheat the oven to 400F.

2. Slice off the bottom of each pear and stand them upright in a baking pan.

3. Whisk together the honey and wine, and pour over the pears. Add the cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, and orange zest to the pan.

4. Roast the pears, basting frequently, until tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

5. Place the pears on serving plates. Pour the wine mixture from the pan to a saucepan, and heat until thickened (about 6 minutes). Pour on top of the pears.

Serves 6.

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Inspired by Eating Well magazine (Oct/Nov, 2006).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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9:22AM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

Thank you

1:03AM PDT on Sep 30, 2011

Yummy! Thanks.

12:16PM PST on Dec 26, 2010

Seems Yummy

12:31AM PST on Dec 26, 2010

Thanks for the article.

4:56PM PST on Dec 20, 2010

Sounds good.

9:05AM PDT on Aug 30, 2010

I don,t think so.....raw is best

5:38AM PDT on Apr 11, 2010

Sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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