• My mom’s recipe for pears in red wine was the one most of us grew up with… a winter wine sauce smelling of cinnamon and cloves. Recently I saw a recipe for red fruit with honey and brown sugar – and voila!

    Recipe by Marlene van der Westhuizen

    Photograph by Bruce Tuck 

    Pears in red wine and honey

    Serves: 6
    Cooking Time: 30 mins


    • 6 firm pears
    • 750ml (1 bottle) fruity red wine
    • 100ml honey
    • 100g (½ cup) brown sugar
    • 15ml (1 tbsp) vanilla paste
    • crème fraîche, to serve



    Peel the pears, leaving the stalks intact. Combine the wine, honey, brown sugar and vanilla in a large pot. Bring to the boil and simmer until the sugar has dissolved.


    Add the pears, placing them upright. Poach slowly until tender, for about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat. Reduce the wine sauce until it has a syrupy consistency. 3 Serve each pear with a spoonful of syrup drizzled over and a scoop of crème fraîche.