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Pears Baked in Red Wine alla Piemontese

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Thanks to Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin, authors of The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants of Mad Men (Smart Pop, 2011) for sharing this elegant Mad Men-inspired dessert with us.

Recipe credit: Barbetta Restaurant, New York, NY

Photo credit: Nina Gallant

  • 6 ripe Bosc USA Pears
  • 2 cups red wine
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ¼ cup lemon juice

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Wash and dry pears. Place pears in a baking pan that accommodates 6 pears (lay them flat). In a small bowl, pour the red wine and add sugar, cloves, cinnamon stick, and lemon juice. Stir until sugar dissolves. Pour mixture into the baking pan and place in oven. Turn pears after 5 minutes and brush with liquid in pan.

Bake for approximately 1 hour (cooking time may vary depending on size and ripeness of pears), continuing to brush the pears every 10 minutes. Pears should be slightly crinkly. Remove pan from oven and allow to cool to room temperature. Serve with extra red wine sauce.

  • Serving Size: 1 Pear (253g)
  • Calories: 220
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrate: 40g
  • Dietary Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 1g

1 Comment » for Pears Baked in Red Wine alla Piemontese
  1. Deb Lake says:

    Good recipe. My pears are home grown so I halve and core to protect the quezy. I also remove most of the peel leaving the skin around the stem. I put a tablespoon of brown sugar in each half, a spritz of lemon, use a cup and a half of wine and a half cup of water (wine is very valuable). I baste with a brush and turn after 30 minutes. I only float a cinnamon stick for flavor.

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