Red Wine and Cranberry Poached Pears

2 cups dry red wine

1 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

1 lemon zest strip

1 cinnamon stick

1/2 teaspoon whole peppercorns

1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries

4 medium Bosc pears

  1. In a saucepan, bring red wine, water, sugar, lemon zest, cinnamon, and peppercorns to a boil
  2. Add cranberries and reduce heat. Let cook uncovered for 10 minutes
  3. Core pears from bottom, leaving stems intact. Peel the pears and add to the pan, in a single layer on their sides. 
  4. Simmer, uncovered, until pears are almost tender, about 10 minutes longer, turning occasionally. 
  5. Remove from heat; let stand for 10 minutes.
  6. Drain the pears over a bowl. Save the poaching liquid and cranberries. Remove peppercorns. 
  7. Drizzle pears with reserved poaching liquid. Top with cranberries and crème Fraiche, if desired.
  8. Serve!

GF V veg DF

Yield: 4 servings