Moscato Poached Pears Wrapped in Puff Pastry

Poached pears, yeah, they’re good.  But how about poached pears, wrapped in PUFF PASTRY?!  There are some foods that are ugly but taste good, some foods that look good but don’t taste that great, and there are dishes that look gorgeous AND taste amazing too.  This is one of those.  Stunningly beautiful and beyond delicious, and really a pretty easy dessert.  I like to poach my pears in a moscato wine, which is a sweet wine with notes of peach and melon, but you can use whatever sweet wine you like.  If you use a less sweet wine, add more sugar.  Here’s how to make this dessert:

Yield: Serves 3

3 firm pears (try Bosc, or firm d’anjous) each of my pears weighed 1/2lb
4 cups moscato wine
1.25 cups sugar
1/2 a lemon
2 cinnamon sticks
1 sheet puff pastry, thawed

Peel the pears.  If they don’t stand up straight on their own, cut a bit off the bottom to create a flat surface.

In a saucepan, combine the wine, sugar, lemon, and cinnamon sticks.  Heat over medium high until the sugar dissolves.  Add the pears, and lay them on their sides.

Riper pears will need less cook time, but typically your pears need somewhere between 5 and 15 minutes on each side.  Make sure you watch so your pears don’t turn into mush.  Once the pear is knife tender on all sides, remove from the poaching liquid.  Turn the heat to high to start reducing the poaching liquid, and reduce until it’s thick and amber colored:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Cut the puff pastry into long strips using a pizza wheel.

Wrap the puff pastry strips around the outside of the pear, starting from the bottom.  They should stick pretty well on their own.
Bake the pears for 15 to 20 minutes, until the puff pastry is golden brown.  Drizzle the pears with the reduced poaching liquid, and enjoy!

Click here for the printable recipe.

Recipe inspired by Sprinkle Bakes.

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23 Responses to Moscato Poached Pears Wrapped in Puff Pastry

  1. WOW… gorgeous and inventive. What a nice dessert to make for stay-at-home date night!

  2. anne says:

    Guest will probably ohhhhh & ahhhhh when they see that gorgeousness ! 😀 I just can imagine the taste *sigh* 😉

  3. Puff pastry is the best thin ever invented. I have been meaning to do this for quite some time and you beat me to it. How perfect and elegant. You really outdid yourself. Buenisimo!

  4. So pretty. Dinner Party worthy for sure!

  5. Nydia says:

    Poached pears are common, but in addition, baked with pastry, that is new…!!! The pears look perfect for the table, and it’s like a surprise when you eat it as can’t see inside. Just perfect.

  6. Suzi says:

    This is absolutely beautiful. I really would like to try this. Don’t you just love puff pastry?

  7. I love the last pic – looks like a pear mummy – ha! Thanks for sharing

  8. Oh yum! You had me at Moscato (my favorite). So pretty, and sounds so good!

  9. Caroline says:

    What!? You didn’t just do that. Oh dear, these look incredible!! Puff pastry makes dreams come true.

  10. Wow my husband won’t eat desert without fruit and has to be not real sweet. This will be a great suprise for him. Thanks

  11. You have a real talent for presentation – I’m incredibly impressed.

  12. Anonymous says:

    These are just gorgeous! I can’t wait to try them…

  13. These are just gorgeous! Can’t wait to try these…

  14. I’m not a pear person, but I can imagine you can do this with apples probably. My mother loves pears, which is why I am showed her this recipe and she absolutely loved it. She probably will make it for her anniversary. Thanks girl 😉

  15. Joan Nova says:

    What an elegant dessert!

  16. You had me at Moscato. 🙂

  17. Oh my gosh! this is perfect! Looks gorgeous and I’m sure tasted great!

  18. Beautiful and delicious, Joanne — won’t know about easy until I’ve tried it.

  19. I love pears (prefer them to apples!) and this is yet another one of your brilliant and innovative recipes. So fab!

  20. rsmacaalay says:

    Wow that is what I call dessert perfection!

  21. Oh wow. I have to give this recipe a try with a nice hot toddy on the side. Sounds lovely. BAM

  22. magicofspice says:

    Oh no, now this I must try…what a brilliant idea!

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