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The word poaching has gotten a bad wrap. Maybe it sounds pretentious or overly difficult, but honestly it’s a super simple method of cooking something in liquid. That’s it! Certain fruits can become so sweet and flavorful just by poaching them for a few minutes.

Now, maybe you’re wondering what you do with a poached pear. In the fall I think they make a dessert or snack that is unparalleled. Why slave over a difficult dessert when the fruit of the season is ripe and only needs a little preparation?! Try these pears and you’ll not only be amazed at their ease but how you’ll keep wanting more.

I love to serve two halves with a little Greek yogurt or creme fraiche. Then finish with a drizzle of the poaching liquid. This seems so simple but it really is a truly delicious dessert!

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Poached Pears

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Poaching brings sophistication to this already delicious fruit. Infused with vanilla bean, wine, and a mixture of spices, these pears create a delicious snack or dessert.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 3 pears (red preferred)
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 cups rosé wine (or pear nectar/juice)
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup water (approximately)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 3 cardamom pods (optional) smashed with the back of a knife
  • 1 vanilla bean


  • Cut pears in half and remove seeds and tough ends with melon baller or knife.
  • Melt butter over medium-high heat in a skillet.
  • Add pear halves to melted butter, cut side down. Lightly sear pears until they begin to caramelize and turn slightly brown.
  • Off heat, add wine, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom pods, and vanilla bean seeds and bean. Then add just enough water to about cover pears.
  • Cook until the pears are just tender. They can be checked with the tip of a knife.
  • At this point, the pears can be chilled in the poaching liquid to be used later. When ready to use, reheat pears before proceeding by bringing the liquid and pears to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Once cooked, remove pears from liquid.
  • Reduce liquid on high until it is reduced and slightly thickened, about 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and strain into a pitcher before serving.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 193kcal
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Difficulty Intermediate
Method Cooking
Dishes full of poached pears and Greek yogurt.
Poached pears rest in a dish with Greek yogurt.

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