Present this stunning dessert at your next dinner party. These Instant Pot Poached Pears are an elegant dessert that takes minimal prep work.
I was recently gifted an Instant Pot! We’ve been using the Instant Pot at Living Plate for a lot of recipe development and testing at Living Plate and I became obsessed. My awesome boss and colleague bought me one to use at home.
The Instant Pot is a single appliance that does the job of seven (yes, seven!) different kitchen appliances. It can handle the tasks of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and a warming pot. Think of all those appliances taking up space in your kitchen that can be replaced by one. Want to learn more about the Instant Pot? I recently wrote an article of why myself and so many others are obsessed with it on Luvo’s Fresh Blog.
The red wine and pomegranate juice naturally add a beautiful color.
I feel like pears are often forgotten to use for desserts. Bosc pears (the variety I used in this recipe) have a more firm, dense flesh than other pear varieties, so they are ideal for use in baking, broiling or poaching. They retain their shape and texture better than other varieties, and their flavor is less likely to be overwhelmed by the use of strong spices like cinnamon, clove or nutmeg.
- 4 Bartlett pears
- 2 ½ cups water
- 1 ½ cup red wine
- 1 cup 100% pomegranate juice
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 orange, juiced and zested
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- ⅓ cup pistachios, chopped
- Peel pears. If needed, slice the bottom so pear is able to stand straight up. Using a melon baller, scoop out seeds and core from the bottom.
- Add water, red wine, pomegranate juice, sugar, orange juice, orange zest, balsamic vinegar, cinnamon sticks, and whole cloves in the instant pot. Set instant pot on the sauté setting until liquid mixture begins to slightly simmer.
- Once liquid begins to simmer, add pears and switch instant pot to manual setting. Cover and lock the Instant Pot lid and set for 8 minutes.
- When finished, let steam release from Instant Pot. Remove the lid. Carefully remove pears and let cool.
- Place the lid back on the Instant Pot and set the manual setting for 10 minutes. When, finished, let the steam release from the Instant Pot and liquid should be reduced by half. Let cool and strain out the cinnamon sticks, cloves, and orange zest.
- Plate poached pears, by adding a pear to a plate. Drizzle liquid to coat the pears and pool at the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios.
- Store extra pears the extra liquid in the refrigerator.
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