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Stewed pears recipe: everything you need to know

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Stewed pears, who doesn't know them? It is a delicious dish that is especially eaten in autumn and winter. Stewed pears are perfect to make when you have guests or if you just feel like a tasty dessert. But what exactly are stew pears and why are they so popular during autumn and winter? In this blog we tell you everything you need to know about stewed pears and share the recipe with you.

What are stewed pears?

Stewed pears are pears that are specially grown for stewing. These pears have a hard texture and are often not very tasty to eat raw. But once you stew them, their texture changes and they take on a delicious flavor.

Why are stewed pear recipes popular for autumn and winter?

Stewed pear recipes are popular for autumn and winter because it is a warming dish. It is perfect for the cold days and gives you a warm feeling inside. In addition, stewed pears are also very versatile and you can make many different variations.

The story behind the stew

Did you know that stewed pears have been around for centuries? It is a dish that was already eaten in the Middle Ages. At the time, stewed pears were often used as a medicine for stomach and intestinal complaints. Nowadays they are mainly eaten as dessert.

Which pears are suitable for stewing?

Not all pears are suitable for stewing. It is important to choose pears that are firm and not too ripe. The most suitable pears for stewing are Gieser Wildeman and Saint Rémy.

How do you peel stewed pears?

Peeling stewed pears is a time-consuming job, but it is important. To start, wash the pears well and then peel them with a peeler. It is important to properly remove all the peel, otherwise it can affect the taste of the dish.

Ingredient list for stewed pears

Ingredients: A list of all the ingredients needed to make the stewed pears.

  • 750 grams of stewed pears
  • 250 ml red wine
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 star anise (optional)
  • 160 grams of sugar

Basic recipe for stewed pears

Stewed pears are a classic and delicious winter treat. Making stewed pears is not only easy, but also great fun. With this basic recipe you will learn how to make the perfect stewed pears. The key to the success of this recipe is patience and time. The pears must be simmered slowly so that the flavors are well absorbed and the pears become wonderfully soft.

Start by peeling the pears. Place the pears in a large saucepan and add the red wine, sugar, cloves, cinnamon stick, lemon zest and optional star anise. Bring everything to the boil and then let it simmer over low heat. It is important that the pears are simmered slowly so that they do not fall apart and keep their shape. Let the pears simmer for at least 2 hours. When the pears are done, remove them from the pan and reduce the stewing liquid for a while so that it becomes syrupy. Pour the stewing liquid over the pears and serve them warm.

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Making stewed pears according to grandma's recipe

There's nothing like the taste of stewed pears made according to grandma's recipe. The secret ingredient? Love! Grandma knew exactly how to peel, cut and cook the pears to create the perfect taste. And now you can too! Just follow her simple steps and enjoy the delicious taste of stewed pears like grandma used to make them. Close your eyes and imagine yourself back in time, as the smell of cinnamon and sugar greets you. This is the kind of comfort food that will keep you coming back for more. And who knows, maybe you can pass this recipe on to the next generation, so that the taste of grandma's stewed pears is never lost.

Ingredients

  • 1 kg stewed pears (e.g. Gieser Wildeman)
  • 750 ml red wine or water
  • 150-200 grams of sugar (depending on your preference)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 lemon peel
  • Optional: a dash of port for extra flavor

Preparation method

  1. Preparation: Peel the pears, but leave the stem on. If you want to keep the pears whole, you can leave them as is, but you can also cut them into quarters or halves, depending on your preference.
  2. Cooking: Place the peeled pears in a large saucepan. Add the red wine (or water) together with the sugar. Make sure the pears are almost completely submerged.
  3. Add spices: Add the cinnamon stick, star anise, cloves and lemon zest to the pan.
  4. Stew: Bring to the boil and then let it simmer over a low heat for about 1.5 to 2 hours. The pears should soften, but not fall apart. Cooking time may vary depending on the type of pear and the size of the pieces.
  5. Check: Check occasionally whether the pears are soft by piercing them with a fork. Add more water or wine during cooking if the liquid evaporates too much.
  6. To serve: Once cooked, you can remove the pears from the pan and place them on a platter. They are delicious both hot and cold. You can optionally reduce the cooking liquid into a syrup and pour it over the pears for extra flavor.
  7. Storage: If you have any leftovers, you can store the stewed pears together with the syrup in a sealed container in the refrigerator. They will keep for several days and can be eaten cold or reheated.

Enjoy your meal!

Can you make stewed pears without wine?

Are you looking for a stewed pear recipe without wine? Don't worry, you're not alone. Whether you don't want to use alcohol in your dishes or simply don't like the taste, there are plenty of alternatives to make delicious stewed pears. For example, you can use apple juice, berry juice or grape juice as a substitute for the wine. This still gives the stewed pears that characteristic sweet taste, without the addition of alcohol. It is important to remember that adding juice can affect the taste of the stewed pears. So feel free to experiment with different juices and discover which flavors suit you best. And who knows, you might discover a new favorite way to make stewed pears without wine!

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How do I get my stewed pears red?

Red stewed pears are not only delicious in taste, but also beautiful to look at on the table. But how exactly do you get that beautiful red color? The secret lies in the addition of red wine or berry juice during the cooking process. This not only ensures a delicious taste, but also the characteristic red color of the stewed pears. Do you want to make your stewed pears even redder? Then add a little red food coloring to the cooking liquid. This will certainly provide a more intense color. But remember: in the end, what matters is that the stewed pears taste delicious and not just look nice on the table. So feel free to experiment and discover which flavors and colors suit your taste best. And who knows, you might surprise your guests with your own unique twist on the traditional stewed pear recipe!

Can you make stewed pears in a steam oven?

A steam oven is a great invention for the modern kitchen. Steaming vegetables and fish is now a well-known phenomenon, but can you also prepare stewed pears in it? The answer is yes! The advantage of steaming stewed pears is that the pears are cooked very gently and retain their shape better than when they are cooked in a traditional pan. The stewed pears also retain more of their flavor and nutrients, because they are not lost in the cooking liquid. To prepare stewed pears in a steam oven, peel the pears and remove the cores. Place the stewed pears in a steam oven pan and add the cooking liquid. Then steam the pears at 100 degrees Celsius for about 1 hour. And voilà, you have wonderfully soft and tasty stewed pears, ready to enjoy!

Variations for stewed pears recipe

Now that you've mastered the basic recipe for stewed pears, it's time to experiment with different variations. Below you will find some suggestions:

Stewed pears with red wine and cinnamon

Add cinnamon to the basic recipe for an extra autumnal flavor. Let the stewed pears simmer for about 2 hours.

Stewed pears with port and star anise

Make the stewed pears extra festive by adding port and star anise to the basic recipe. For example, add a star anise and 250 ml port to the basic recipe. Let the stewed pears simmer for about 2 hours.

Stewed pears with ginger and orange

Make the stewed pears a little fresher by adding ginger and orange to the basic recipe. For example, add 2 cm of grated ginger and the juice and zest of 1 orange to the basic recipe. Let the stewed pears simmer for about 2 hours.

Stewed pears with red currant juice

Replace the red wine with red currant juice for an alcohol-free variant. For example, add 250 ml of red currant juice and a cinnamon stick to the basic recipe. Let the stewed pears simmer for about 2 hours.

Stewed pears with chocolate

Make the stewed pears extra decadent by adding chocolate to the basic recipe. For example, add 50 grams of dark chocolate to the basic recipe and let the stewed pears simmer for about 2 hours.

Serving tips for a stewed pear recipe

Stewed pears are delicious as a side dish, but can also be served as a dessert or in combination with cheese. Below you will find some suggestions:

  • Stewed pears with vanilla ice cream : Serve the stewed pears warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a delicious dessert.
  • Stewed pears with meat dishes : stewed pears go perfectly with game dishes such as venison steak, wild boar or even chicken.
  • Stewed pears with cheese boards : serve the stewed pears together with a cheese board for a delicious combination of sweet and savory.

Are stewed pears healthy?

Stewed pears contain a lot of fiber and are a good source of vitamins B and C. They also contain few calories. Adding sugar and alcohol to the basic recipe unfortunately reduces the healthy properties of stewed pears. So eat stewed pears in moderation and choose a variant without sugar and alcohol if you want to take care of your health.

Can you freeze stewed pears?

Of course you can freeze stewed pears! It would be a shame to throw away all those delicious stewed pears if you can't eat them all. Just make sure you freeze them properly, otherwise you run the risk of them losing their flavor and texture. You can cook the stewed pears in the cooking liquid. First let the stewed pears cool completely and then put them in a freezer container or bag. Don't forget to put the date on the container or bag so that you know later when you froze them. This way you can enjoy the delicious taste of stewed pears for longer

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