Poached pears sound fancy and fussy, but they are in fact one of the easiest things in the world to make. I like to skip the heavy and sugary desserts during the holidays since people are so overloaded with that stuff. What a nice change to have a piece of dressed-up fruit for dessert!
Some serve these with the skin on while others peel them. The skin holds most of the pear’s fiber, so if you are “team skin”, you are getting an added bonus!
POACHED PEAR RECIPE (serves four)
Four Bosc pears, peeled and cored (try and keep the stem on if you can bc it looks pretty)
1.5 cups water
1.5 cup apple cider
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp whole cloves
1 tsp nutmeg
zest of one lemon
juice of one lemon
1 tsp vanilla extract
In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients except for the pears. Bring to a boil, and then simmer.
Add pears (stem side up) and let simmer for 20 minutes (or until pears are soft)
Remove pears and allow sauce to simmer for another 20 minutes. Strain the sauce and preserve the liquid. Pour liquid over pears. May serve either warm or chilled. I prefer chilled so I can prep these before my guests arrive. Serve with a small scoop of ice cream or sorbet Enjoy! Xo.