Retro Recipe Revival: Poached Pears in Spiced Red Wine

Retro Recipe Revival: Poached Pears in Spiced Red Wine
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Retro Recipe Revival: Poached Pears in Spiced Red Wine

It’s time for another one from the archives, this time from a recipe book that accompanied the Tower Pressure Cooker sold throughout the late-90s. This week’s Retro Recipe Revival sees us taking a break from the savoury to bring a delicious fruity  dessert your way in the form of Poached Pears in Spiced Red Wine.

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Tower 5.5 Litre High-Dome Pressure Cooker Total time to table: 50 minutes Total Cost Per Serving: £1.29 Contains Nuts? No Suitable for Vegetarians? Yes Serves: 6


  • 225g caster sugar
  • x 6 pears (peeled, whole with stalk intact)
  • x 1 vanilla pod
  • x 1 bottle red wine
  • x 1 cinnamon stick (halved)
  • x 1 fresh thyme sprig (plus x 2 sprigs to serve)


  • Half the vanilla pod lengthways and scrape out the black seeds. Peel the pears making sure to keep them intact and leaving the stalks attached (the 3.5-inch paring knife included in the Tower 5 Piece Knife Set with Acrylic Stand is particularly useful for this task).
  • Place the seeds into your pressure cooker along with the red wine, cinnamon stick, caster sugar and thyme.
  • Cut each piece of the vanilla pod into three long, thin strips, add to the pressure cooker and then gently lower in the pears.
  • Close the pressure cooker lid and place over a high heat to bring up to full pressure. Cook the pears for around 6 minutes then release the pressure using the cold water quick release method. Cooking times for the pears will depend upon how ripe they are – you should make sure they are tender all the way through (test this by piercing them with a cocktail stick).
  • Remove the pears from the pressure cooker then boil the remaining liquid to reduce it by half until the consistency of a syrup. Place aside to cool for around 10 minutes.


  • Place each pear in its own individual glass sundae dishes and pour the syrup over. Add a strip of vanilla, piece of cinnamon and thyme sprig and tuck in! You can even add a dollop of mascarpone if you’re feeling adventurous.
If this recipe or others from the Retro Recipe Revival series have got you itching to get in the kitchen then head over to our Pressure Cookers and Food Preparation pages as we’ve all sorts of useful appliances (in addition to those mentioned here) that can help you make this culinary  creation and more. Whilst you’re there, check out our Summer with Tower page too as you’ll find tonnes of useful content there that’ll help you make the most out of the good weather.
15 July 2015
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