Poached Pears

Published on
September 22, 2023
The best way to eat a pear is to poach it — my poached pears recipe takes less than an hour and will wow anyone lucky enough to get a bite.
Poached pears
Prep Time:
10 Minutes
Cook Time:
40 Minutes
Difficulty Level:

2 cups sugar

1 750ml bottle Moscato or sweet dessert wine

2 tablespoons honey

3/4-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled, and finely chopped

3 tablespoons Mulling Spices

1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise

6 small, firm, ripe Anjou pears, peeled


1. Make the simple syrup- In a small saucepan combine 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, cook just until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.

2. In a saucepan large enough to hold all the pears, combine the wine, simple syrup, honey, ginger and Mulling Spice.

3. Scrape in the seeds from the vanilla bean and add the bean and seeds to the saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the honey has melted.

4. Add the pears and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, turning occasionally, until the pears are tender. Remove the pears from the liquid and allow to cool.

5. Continue to simmer the liquid until it thickens and is reduced by half, about 15 to 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Remove and discard the vanilla bean.

6. Place each pear on a small serving plate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, creme fraiche or greek yogurt. Drizzle with the syrup. Serve immediately.

Recipe Tip:
Keep the stems attached so you can handle these easily.
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