Holiday Poached Pears Recipe is perfect light, sweet, and festive desserts, served with ice cream and a cinnamon stick on the side.

poached pear with ice cream garnished with cinnamon stick

For the holidays, enjoy these poached pears! They can be made ahead, they’re elegant and beautiful to serve for any dinner party!

Holiday Poached Pears Recipe

Poached pears are a delicious dessert to serve for Christmas dinner! Serve prime rib, Irish potatoes with bacon, green beans, a winter green salad, and this dessert!

Ingredients for poached pears

  • Sugar
  • White wine (Riesling works great)
  • Sticks of cinnamon
  • Vanilla extract
  • Pears

Culinary mistakes

Last month I hosted 12 bloggers in my home for dinner, one of the greatest joys for me in 2012. My friend, Brian, was in taking pictures of me serving the dinner plates (that was humbling … I’m such a simple, home cook!)

It reminds me of a recent tweet I saw:

Anyone else hold their breath when they turn a Bundt cake out of its pan?

I do! I love turning a cake out of its warm surroundings!

poached pear with ice cream

Don’t apologize

Ooey-gooey mess
I said to Brian: Here, take a picture of me removing the cake from the pan!

I was making this delicious recipe, having made 2 cakes – 1 in a 9×13 pan and 1 in a bundt pan.

The bundt cake was not quite done, sticking to the side, all gooey inside. OOPS!

Like Dana, I was holding my breath, in anticipation … :)

Brian was SO gracious. He was cool about it all.

Here, turn the cake this way and I’ll get a photo.

Laugh, it feels good
We laughed and laughed. A few years ago I would have been mortified, embarrassed by the “mistake.”

Luckily the 9×13 cake was perfect, and the night went on. And I was able to laugh at my mistake (we were all so full we didn’t even need the bundt cake).

Don’t apologize
It’s a new mindset to tell yourself you are not going to apologize.

-Stop yourself when the thoughts first come.
-Turn them over to positive thoughts of WHY you are having people over.
-Think ahead to the good times and conversation you will be having.
-Think about how you can be blessing others.

Food is for nourishment, homes are for shelter and comfort. Give thanks for what you have–practice gratitude–as you get ready for your guests who are coming over.

Poached Pears

Enjoy this Holiday Poached Pears Recipe for your next dinner party! It’s so festive and delicious, and you can serve a bourban whipped cream on top, or premium Vanilla ice cream.

It will change your attitude this holiday season!

Thanks for joining me here at RE the last 5 days … and my hope is that you’ll have a “no apologizing” holiday season!

Can you laugh at yourself if you make a culinary mistake, or is it devastating for you?

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Holiday Poached Pears Recipe

For the reluctant entertainer, this is a very easy “winter” dessert. Pull out of the fridge, reheat, serve! An easy, signature dessert highlighting the fruit of the Rogue Valley, from my friend, Stan.


  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 3/4 cup of white wine, Riesling works great
  • 3-4 sticks of cinnamon
  • 3 tsp. of vanilla
  • 4-6 medium pears


  • Peel, core and halve the pears. (Use Bosc or Bartlett pears that are fairly firm – not too ripe or soft.)
  • In a large skillet, combine 1/3 cup of sugar, 3/4 cup of wine, 3/4 cup of water, 3-4 cinnamon sticks (broken up into inch long pieces) and 3 tsp. of vanilla. Bring to a boil.
  • Add pears. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer until soft.
  • Remove from heat and serve hot (without cinnamon sticks) with a scoop of premium vanilla ice cream. Drizzle with caramel topping, if desired.
  • Option: Place in container with juice and chill overnight {up to 2 days}. Serve cold with same ingredients as above.


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REVIEW all 5 posts and fabulous recipes:

Day 1: The Purpose of the Home, Roasted Grapes & Fresh Rosemary
Day 2: Culinary Mistakes and Beauchamp Orchard Salad
Day 3: Learning to be Authentic and Pesto Baked Potatoes
Day 4: Don’t Plan for Perfection and Crusted Pepper Prime Rib
Day 5: Laugh at Your Mistakes with Holiday Poached Pears

plated Holiday Poached Pears

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