August 27 and 28: Saints Monica and Augustine Wine-Soaked Pears

2 reasons this recipe works for these 2 saints:

1. In his Confessions, Augustine shares that when she was a little girl, his mother Monica had a little obsession with wine, bringing her little wine glass with her from house to house. She was eventually scolded by one of her serving maids, and that ended the affection for wine.

2. One of the most famous scenes from Confessions describes Augustine stealing pears with his friends–not because he was hungry, but just for the sake of stealing. This pear-theft incident was a major turning point in his life.

3 tips for this recipe:

1. The longer you let the pears soak, the more flavorful they will be. At the least, give them half an hour.

2. Serve with creme fraiche, ricotta cheese, or something else for a little bit more flair!

3. Save remaining liquid for another use, such as making mulled wine. As my husband said, “It tastes like Christmas.”


2 cups dry red wine
2 cups water
1 peach, sliced
1 lemon, juiced and quartered
1/2 cup of sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
4 whole cloves
2 pears, peeled, halved, and cored

1. In a medium-sized pot, combine wine, water, peaches, lemon juice, lemon pieces, sugar, cinnamon sticks, and cloves; bring to boil over high heat.

2. Add pears, reduce heat to a simmer, and place lemon and peach pieces on top of pears to submerge them in liquid.

3. Cook, covered, until pears are tender when pierced, about 15 minutes.

Saints Monica and Augustine, pray for us!

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