Scarlet Poached Pears

60 mins (prep 20)
7 ingredients
makes 6 servings
Though poaching pears in wine often results in a subtle, sophisticated dessert, it rarely looks as lovely as it tastes. Here, Grimes took inspiration from the saturated-red glassware that's ubiquitous in Parisian flea markets and from a dessert at Le Chateaubriand, which uses beet to give the pears a lush garnet hue. As far as its flavor goes, the beet doesn't lend anything more than a nice balance to the overall dish, but you'll probably want to poach pears this way from now on.

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  • 2 cups orange muscat such as essencia (from a 750-ml bottle)
  • 1 medium red beet (1/4 pound), peeled and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 (2-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 2 turkish bay leaves or 1 california
  • 3 small firm-ripe pears (3/4 to 1 pound total), such as forelle, peeled, halved lengthwise, and cored


Serving Size (4.13 g)
Servings 6
Amount per Serving
Calories 9.54 Calories from Fat 0.0
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.0g 0.0%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0.0%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 0.02mg 0.01%
Total Carbohydrate 2.46g 4.93%
Dietary Fiber 0.0 g 0.0%
Sugars 2.46 g %
Protein 0.0g 0.0%
Vitamin A 0.0IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 0.02mg% Iron 0.0mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
red, fresh lemon juice, turkish bay leaves, or, small