Monday, October 21, 2013

Raspberry Wine Poached Pears w/ Maple Wine Reduction Ala Mode

Pure Canadian Maple Syrup  http://www.purecanadamaple.com/  has challenged bloggers to "think outside the griddle". They wanted us to show you some delicious ways to use this wonderful liquid sweet Amber besides "on your pancakes".
I was all over this one, because I love Pure Maple Syrup! It adds a depth and flavor to so many recipes. They also wanted us to show you a way to use the leftovers from our dish in a second recipe. Wait until you see what I've come up with :) I hope you enjoy these two dishes as much as I did. I was inspired by the season and found some beautiful pears at the Farmers Market.

Raspberry Wine Poached Pears with Maple Wine Reduction Ala Mode


  • 4-6 Ripe Bosc or Anjou Pears
  • 1/2 cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • 12 ounces frozen Raspberries, thawed
  • 2 cups of Orange Juice (preferably not from concentrate)
  • 4 cups of Raspberry Wine (this can be substituted with a red fruity wine, or with raspberry juice for a non-alcholic version).
  • 1 quart of Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 6 ounces fresh raspberries
  • 1 ounce of Sliced Almonds
  • Fresh Mint Sprigs for garnish


Press thawed raspberries, and any juice in the container,  through a strainer saving all but the seeds, for me this rendered about 1 cup of juice and pulp
strained pulp and juice

In a medium sauce pan place the strained Raspberry pulp and juice, Raspberry Wine, Orange Juice, and Pure Maple Syrup.
Stir ingredients and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to simmer and place the peeled pears in the simmering sauce.
Peeled Bosc Pears, stems left on

You have several options as how to poach and serve your pears. I love the organic look of the whole pear with the stem left on. To ensure my pears would sit well on the plate, I cut a flat, thin slice from the bottom of each pear (see photo above). I also like the stems left in tact and the pears sliced and fanned out
Pears sliced and fanned

You can save time on poaching by coring and slicing your pears before putting them in the pan, and some people prefer cutting their pears into bite size pieces, the choice is all yours.
If you decide to poach your pears whole they will take about an hour, you want to poach the pears until a knife easily pierces through the pear. In the past I've turned the pears half way through but this time I used a heatproof saucer to set over the pears and this held them gently under the liquid. I think I like this method better, I removed the saucer with tongs quite easily.
Once you've removed the pears take 3 cups of the poaching liquid and boil it down until it has halved in quantity. It will also become thicker. Keep and eye one this you don't want to burn it. After your liquid is reduced, turn off the heat. This took 15-20 minutes for me, stirring occasionally.
To plate your dish, place the pear in the center of the plate. Ladle about 1/2 cup of the reduction sauce over the pear letting the sauce puddle. Scoop the vanilla ice cream (I did 3 half scoops). Garnish with fresh raspberries, sliced almonds and a sprig of fresh mint. 
This dish is easy, sophisticated and just plain delicious,  Bon Appetit!

So you're wondering what I have in store for the leftovers? You're going to love it! How about a Pretty Pink Pear cocktail? 
Place everything except the core and stem into a blender and Voila... this is what you get! A delicious, creamy, and pretty cocktail! You can also get this with a little of the ice cream, the reduction sauce, and a splash of the Raspberry Wine. Cheers!

 I think this is definitely "outside the griddle". I would be proud to server these two recipes to any guests, and I hope you'll give them a try. Check out http://www.purecanadamaple.com/ for more ideas on how to use Canadian Pure Maple syrup, you're in for a sweet surprise ;) 


  1. Wow!! What a creative and wonderful recipe! The combination of raspberries, maple and orange juice sounds delicious! I'll have a few of those cocktails, too!! Great job!!!

  2. The use of pears is elegant and a creative-way to think outside of the griddle. The touch of raspberries with the maple are an irresistible combination. This is surely divine! Love the presentation, it seems so heartwarming and fun at the same time.

  3. Couldn't wait to try this. It was easy to follow the recipe and more delicious than even the beautiful pictures made it seem. Can't wait to try the "Pink Pear Cocktail".

  4. Couldn't wait to try this. It was easy to follow the recipe and more delicious than even the beautiful pictures made it seem. Can't wait to try the "Pink Pear Cocktail".

  5. So Delicious!! Love the Luscious Raspberry, Pears and Wonderful Flavors!! So Beautiful :-)

  6. Wow, this dessert looks both stunning and delicious!