Chef Marcus Cordova on Good4Utah

September 21, 2018

The talented Marcus Cordova showed Good4Utah how to make merlot poached pears with the help of Summit Vista executive chef Aaron Spain. Try it out at home and let us know what you think!

Merlot Poached Pears with a Vanilla Bean Mascarpone

  • 3 -4 cups dry red wine, such as cabernet or merlot
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 orange, juiced (about 1/2 cup)
  • One 1 by 3-inch strip orange zest
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2-4 cloves
  • 4 firm, ripe pears


  1. In a 4-quart saucepan, combine wine, sugar, orange juice, zest, cinnamon stick and cloves.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. While liquid is simmering, peel pears, leaving stem intact and being careful not to blemish the
  4. flesh of the pears.
  5. Slice 1/4-inch off the bottom of the pears to create a flat bottom.
  6. Gently place pears in poaching liquid, cover, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, turning every 5
  7. minutes to ensure even color, until pears are cooked but still firm.
  8. Remove saucepan from flame, uncover and cool with pears upright in pan.
  9. Once cool, cover and chill in refrigerator at least 3 hours or up to 24 hours, turning occasionally,
  10. if desired.
  11. Gently remove pears from liquid and allow to come to room temperature.
  12. Meanwhile, reduce liquid by about half over a medium-high flame for 15 minutes, until liquid is
  13. thicker and slightly syrupy.
  14. Remove from flame and let liquid come to room temperature.
  15. Drizzle each pear with 2 tablespoons syrup and serve.

Vanilla Bean Mascarpone


  • ½ Madagascar vanilla bean
  • 2 tablespoons confectionary sugar
  • 8 oz. mascarpone


  1. 1 Combine vanilla bean, confectionary sugar
  2. 2 8 oz mascarpone in a bowl and mix
  3. 3 Place in a piping bag for plating
  4. Garnished with fresh berries and mint