Poached pears with spices in syrup on a white plate
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Poached Pears Recipe

These poached pears are served with a spice-infused syrup, which gives it both character and oodles of flavor. We love the dance of spices here, but you may opt to go with any spice you like. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French, English
Keyword: Poached Pear
Appliance: Saucepan, Parchment Paper
Servings: 6 Servings


  • 4 Bosc pears peeled, cored, & quartered
  • 1 ltr water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 split vanilla pod


  • Heat the water in a large saucepan and bring it to a boil.
  • Add the sugar and any of the spices you are using.  
  • Slide in the pears and lower the heat. 
  • The important thing to ensure here is that the pears stay immersed in the liquid. If not, they will discolor. To avoid this, take a parchment paper and cut a circle of the same circumference as the pan. Fold this into half and then in quarters. Snip the corner. Unfold the paper and you will have the paper with the center cut out. The hole in the parchment allows the steam to escape. 
  • Place the parchment paper over the simmering pears. Let the pears simmer in the liquid until they soften. This should take 15-25 minutes, depending on the firmness of the pear. 
  • To check for doneness, use a fork to gently pierce the pears. The tines should go through easily. 
  • Once done, discard the parchment paper and remove the pears from the liquid with a slotted spoon. Take care that they do not break. Place the pears on a plate and keep aside. 
  • After you remove the pears, it's time to reduce the liquid. Raise the heat to high and let the liquid reduce until it's almost half. It should have a syrupy consistency. 
  • Strain the syrup to remove the spices. Pour it over the pears and refrigerate. 
  • Your poached pears are ready. You can serve them with the syrup. 
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You can also poach the pears in halves or as a whole. But this will also increase the cooking time. You must also take care to ensure that the pears are immersed in liquid while cooking. 
You can customize this recipe according to your preferences. Use the spices that you like. You can swap the sugar for honey.