Gluhwein Poached Pears

pear red wine

Gluhwein is warm mulled wine (red wine infused with citrus juice, cinnamon and seasonal pumpkin spices.  You can use the gluhwein as a poaching liquid for pears and make a delicious tasty dessert or use the poached pears to accent a main meal salad.

To prepare:  Use a 3 quart Instant Pot or a large stovetop skillet.


2                   pears, peeled, cored, cut in half lengthwise (rub cut side of 1/2 orange on cut pear halves to avoid oxidizing the pears).

Mulled Red wine ingredients – gluhwein

2 cups         red Zinfandel wine

1/3 cup        sugar

1 orange     zest and juice from 1/2 – 1 orange

1 tsp            cinnamon

1 tsp            pumpkin spice


1 1/2 tsp     cornstarch

1 1/2 tsp     water


4 tsp           mascarpone cheese

4 sprigs      mint



  1. To prepare the poached pears on the stovetop:  Combine the mulled red wine ingredients in a large skillet over MEDIUM heat.  Stir until sugar dissolves and spices blend with the wine.  Add the cut pears.  Saute’ 5 – 10 minutes on each side, until the pears are fork tender.   Using a large spoon, remove poached pears to a plate.  Combine cornstarch and water in a small cup, add to the mulled red wine, stir over medium/low heat to thicken, then simmer on low for 5 minutes to allow the cornstarch taste to disappear from the sauce.  Pour sauce in a serving bowl.
  2. To prepare the poached pears in an Instant Pot (IP):  Add mulled wine ingredients to the IP stainless steel liner.  Set IP on saute’ and stir until ingredients are combined.  Add pears cut side down.  Close the IP lid and steam vent.  Turn IP off then back on to MANUAL 3 minutes high pressure.  Use quick release after cooking.  Remove poached pears with a large spoon and place on a plate.  Add cornstarch and water together in a small cup, add to the wine in the IP, stir until thick and cornstarch taste disappears.  Pour sauce in a serving bowl.
  3. To plate the pears:  Add a tablespoon of the wine sauce to each small plate.  Top with a pear (cut side up).  Add a teaspoon of mascarpone to the center of the cored pear and garnish with a sprig of mint.

NOTE:  If you prefer not to make and add the wine sauce, skip the thickening directions and enjoy the hot mulled wine in a mug…






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