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Poire Belle Hélène is an indulgent dessert, made of poached pears with dark chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream.
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4.80 from 10 votes

Poached Pears

A classi French dessert of poached pears, ice cream and hot fudge.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Author: Cynthia


  • 1 bottle of sweet white wine like a riesling or champagne. I used Prosecco.
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 sugar
  • 4 firm pears such as Bosc or Bartlett


  • Peel pears up to the stem and core from the bottom
  • Bring water, Prosecco, and sugar to a boil in a large dutch oven or sauce pan, add pears and reduce heat to low.
  • Cover and simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until pears are tender, but not too soft.
  • Remove pears and refrigerate until ready to use.