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Poached Pears

Poonam Bachhav
5 minutes
Prep Time
40 minutes
Cook Time
3 People
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ABOUT Poached Pears RECIPE

Poached pears is a wonderful dessert from the French cuisine. With a quick and easy to follow recipe, pears poached in spiced citrus juices make a perfect light and fruity dessert for a fall meal. In this recipe i have used honey with orange and lemon juice and sweet spices such as Cinnamon , Star anise, Cloves and Ginger not only enhance the flavor of the cooked pear but also provide antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. The best thing is that you can add any of your favourite spices and flavor and give this dish a personal touch and distinct flavor you wish to have. Poached pears can be served plain or with a scoop of Vanilla or chocolate ice cream or chocolate sauce topped with berries of your choice.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Dinner Party
  • French
  • Boiling
  • Dessert
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 3

  1. 3 Pears
  2. 4 cups of water
  3. 1/2 cup of Orange juice ( i have used fresh orange juice)
  4. 2 tbsp honey
  5. 2 tbsp lemon juice
  6. 3/4 cup sugar ( i have used light brown sugar)
  7. 1 stick of cinnamon
  8. 2 Star Anise
  9. 2-3 cloves
  10. 1 inch piece of root ginger (sliced)


  1. In a large sauce pan heat 4 cups of water, honey, sugar and spices on a medium flame. Once the sugar and honey dissolve completely lower the flame. Meanwhile wash the pears under running water. Peel them taking care the stalk remains intact
  2. Add orange juice and lemon juice to the spiced boiling water.
  3. Now lower the peeled pears in the boiling citrus juices.
  4. Cover cook the pears for 25-30 minutes or until tender. Keep the pears turning occasionally and basting with the sauces.
  5. Check the doneness of the pears by inserting a toothpick through the fruit. Remove the cooked pears and keep covered in a bowl . You can reduce the sauce by heating it in a wide sauce pan until it turns thick and glossy like i did.
  6. Place the pears in a serving plate and spoon the warm sauce over them. You can serve the poached pears plain when warm or alternatively serve them chilled with a scoop of Vanilla or chocolate ice cream or chocolate sauce topped with berries

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Shelly Sharma
Shelly Sharma   May-08-2018


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