Cinnamon Poached Pears {Pere alla Cannella}


It’s futile for me to even try to resist dessert. It’s not my fault you see, I have a wicked sweet tooth that I’ve inherited from my Mother {so wicked you’d think I’d have a gazillion cavities but nope not a one}. While I do love my decadent desserts this time of year fruits and sorbets are higher on my dessert list.  This is an incredibly simple and elegant dessert that you can make in less than 30 minutes. The hardest part will be peeling and coring the pears {and well that’s not so hard now is it}. Then we’ll poach  the beautiful Anjou pears in white wine and cinnamon. Don’t fret, poaching is a just a fancy schmancy word for gentle cooking {simmering} in a bath of liquid, in today’s case it’s wine.  It’s simple, seasonal and oh so satisfying.

I’ve created this dessert for a very special occasion. I {along with 9 other bloggers} was chosen to develop a recipe to showcase Land O  Lakes newest product: Cinnamon Sugar Butter Spread. I’ve always enjoyed Land O Lakes butter and wasn’t at all hesitant to jump on board! {Disclaimer: I am being compensated for my time by the good folks from General Mills,  however, my opinions are my own. Always have been. Always will be. } I can tell you that I had a very hard time NOT using the entire tub of butter before I started working on my recipe. It’s good, really good.

The cinnamon butter spread  complimented the delicately poached pears beautifully. It thickened the sauce nicely and enhanced the cinnamon flavor without being overwhelming. The recipe comes together in no time at all and is easily doubled if you’re entertaining a crowd.  The sauce, well it goes beautifully over a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream too {the things I do for you ; ) }

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Cinnamon Poached Pears {Pere alla Cannella}
What you’ll need: {makes 6 portions}
3 Anjou pears – peeled, cored and halved vertically
1 lemon – juiced {approximately 2 tablespoons}
1 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
2 tablespoons Land o Lakes cinnamon sugar butter spread
fresh mint to garnish – optional

What to do:
1. Place pears into a small shallow bowl. Pour lemon juice over pears. Making sure to coat all sides to prevent pears from browning.

2. Into a shallow 10″ sauce pan add: wine, sugar, cinnamon stick. Stir to combine. Place pears into pan. Cook over medium-high heat for approximately 4 minutes OR until liquid boils.

3.  Gently flip pears. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for approximately 8-10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon carefully remove pears and transfer to serving plate. Set aside.

4. Increase heat to medium-high. Add cinnamon sugar butter. Stir to combine. Allow sauce to reduce and thicken for approximately 4-5 minutes. Stir frequently. Remove pan from heat. Discard cinnamon stick.

5. Pour sauce over pears. Garnish with fresh mint if desired.

Buon Appetito!


  1. 2

    This is such an elegant dish. Simple enough to make ahead for entertaining, thanks for the suggestion. Hm…let me hunt down that tub of Land O lakes cinnamon sugar butter and make this dish! 🙂

  2. 3

    I love the beautiful simplicity of this recipe and how the flavors compliment each other. Very elegant dessert for this summer.

  3. 4

    These looks so luscious and I love the simplicity!

  4. 6

    So YUMMY!

  5. 7

    Gorgeous as always Paula! That sounds like a wicked good sauce!

  6. 8

    Poached pears is one of my favorite ‘healthy’ desserts. So glad you coudl work some butter in there for me 😉

    Love that photo of the sauce dripping out!

  7. 9

    Poached pears is one of my favorite ‘healthy’ desserts. So glad you could work in some butter for me 😉

    Love that photo of the sauce dripping out!

  8. 10

    This sounds delicious! Great recipe.

  9. 11

    Absolutely love this recipe! I need to look for that Cinnamon Butter Spread in my local grocery. I can think of lots of yummy ways to use it!

  10. 12

    My mouth just filled up… nom nom nom!!

  11. 13

    Simple, elegant and gorgeous. I bet it’s scrumptious as well! 🙂

  12. 14

    I agree with Georgia! Simple and elegant, beautiful job Paula!

  13. 15

    Oh Paula, you know just how to capture people’s heart with your dishes. Love it!

  14. 16

    This looks like one of those desserts where you would be licking your fingers and the bowl so that you don’t miss a single drop!

  15. 17

    I keep forgetting how easy poached pears are, thank you so much for the tempting reminder 😀 Yummo!

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    lisa bailey /

    In my opinion this is a perfect dessert. It’s delicious and elegant. After what you know is a great and filling meal you just can’t enjoy a heavy dessert. This is also perfect for all seasons because combination of fruit and cinnamon. I can’t wait to try it.

  17. 19

    Oooh, these look delicious. I’ll have to give them a shot!


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