Monday, April 8, 2013

Poached Pears

As spring comes, I always get the desire to start eating healthier foods, and try to shed some of those winter pounds that inevitably creep on when sweaters and fires and s'mores and cider and baking are part of my day to day life.

Last week we had my parents over to dinner and I decided to bring back an old favorite, poached pears. I thought the lack of baked good or ice cream might make my kids refuse to accept this as a dessert, but they loved it so much they asked for it again as "breakfast dessert" the next morning!

wine poached pears

Start by creating your poaching liquid. In my case I used:

1 cup dessert wine (you can use Sake, apple juice, pretty much anything sweet-ish)
1 cup water
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon ground cloves

Let these come to a gentle boil in a pot on the stove.

how to make a poaching liquid for fruit

Meanwhile, I took 4 red pears (you just want them to be pretty firm so they don't fall apart), peeled them, halved them, then scooped out the seeds. You can also leave them peeled and whole, I love how the stems look once you are done.

peeling, halving and coring pears for poaching

Place pears in poaching liquid and let it simmer for about 45 minutes.

I served it straight from there, but if you want, take out the pears, and continue to simmer the liquid until it reduces down to a syrup to pour over top.

poaching pears for a springtime dessert

Any other spring desserts I should think about?


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Unknown said...

Love poached pears! I do the same thing with apples and it's seriously just as good. It's like candy.

Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said...

Mmmmm! Sounds like the perfect summertime dessert!

Eclectically Vintage said...

I could use a lighter dessert after my winter of frivolity! Looks yummy - but who says you can't top it with ice cream and s'mores?!

Jesse @ Scout & Nimble said...

These look so good and can I just confess that I have never in my life had poached pears?!? Isn't that crazy??? I know...I'm totally embarrassed and I'm going to head to the store and try them out tomorrow! Thanks and I'll let you know what I think! ;) Jesse @ Scout & Nimble

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