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Dessert for New Year’s Eve

Went to the grocery store, buying potatoes and sparkling grape juice to round out beef stew and New Year’s Eve festivities, respectively, and saw pears. That means…

Poached Pears.

The possibilities are maybe not endless, but certainly numerous. I went for a cinnamon, clove and vermouth poach this time. This I topped with an orange whip cream.

Cinnamon and Vermouth Poached Pears

Ripe pears poached in vermouth, cinnamon and cloves.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Dessert
Keyword: cinnamon, clove, pear, poached, vermouth
Servings: 10 (half a pear per person)
Author: redbeard


  • 1.5 cups dry vermouth
  • 2.5 cups water
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 5 pears peeled, quartered, cored
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Bring vermouth, water and sugar to a low boil.
  • Add pears to pan, with cinnamon, clove and vanilla extract.
  • Keep at low boil for 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through.
  • Cool to desired eating temperature. Or don’t. You do you. It is excellent right out of the pan, but will likely melt your ice cream or whip cream!


I suggest serving with ice cream (vanilla bean!), or whip cream.

Orange Infused Whip Cream

A basic whip cream with zest of orange
Prep Time5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Keyword: orange zest, whip cream


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp confectioners’ sugar
  • zest of one orange


  • In a big bowl, whip cream until peaks are forming. Gently stir in zest and sugar.
  • Serve. Immediately. 
  • Store any remainder in the fridge. Remember to use it though. No one wants to deal with wasted whip cream.

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