Easy Poached Pears with Bloody Red Velvet Sauce

Easy poached pears sitting on a dish with red velvet sauce on top.

This recipe for poached pears shows just how easy it can be! Serve them as a finish to a nice dinner, at a dinner party with your friends, or with a spooky Halloween themed meal.



6 c. water

3/4 c. granulated sugar

3 tsp. vanilla

4 Bartlett pears, peeled with stems attached

4 oz. chocolate, shaved or chopped finely

1/2 c. heavy cream

1 1/2 tsp. red food color

1/2 tsp. vanilla


Bring the water, sugar and vanilla to a simmer, stirring occasionally so the sugar dissolves. Gently add the pears to the water and put a piece of parchment paper over them to keep them submerged.

Simmer 20-25 minutes, or until you can pierce the flesh easily with a knife. Remove from heat and let cool before transferring to the fridge to chill for a minimum of 4 hours to overnight.

To make the sauce, heat the heavy cream, red food color and vanilla until it starts to steam. Add the chocolate shavings and let sit for a minute to melt. Stir gently until just combined. Overmixing may cause the chocolate to seize.

To serve, remove the pears from the syrup and stand them up on a plate. Pour a generous helping of red velvet sauce on top and enjoy.


If you want a stronger red color, add 1/2 tsp at a time. Be careful though, this stuff stains very easily!

Keywords: easy poached pears, poached pears, halloween recipe, chocolate sauce, red velvet sauce

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