Orange-Spiced Poached Pears

Orange-Spiced Poached Pears: Pears poached in orange juice spiced with ground ginger, nutmeg and vanilla make a light, fruity dessert for a fall meal.

Pears are a wonderfully versatile fall fruit that lend themselves nicely to a variety of accompanying sauces. The citrus and spice flavors of this light dessert make it a great finish for a heavy meal. Pair with a light-bodied, semi-sweet dessert wine like Moscato.

Orange-Spiced Poached Pears

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

  • Ingredients:
  • 4 slightly under ripe Bartlett pears, peeled, halved and cored
  • 1-1/2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Mint leaves for garnish

Combine orange juice, water, brown sugar and honey in a large sauce pan. Stir well to mix and bring to a simmer. Add the vanilla extract, nutmeg, ginger and lemon juice.

Add the pears and simmer for about 30 minutes, turning frequently to be sure they cook through evenly. Remove them from the pan and cover to keep warm.

Let the remaining liquid cook until it thickens into a syrup. Cut pears into lengthwise slices and arrange on individual dessert plates. Drizzle with the syrup and garnish with mint leaves.

comments & replies

Poached pears are amazing! I had some at a French restaurant once, and they were poached in red wine. Would love to branch out and try these too!

You'll love them ~ they have such a velvety texture.

Fab recipe, so easy to make & so tasty. For personal preference I left out the honey & only used half the sugar & left the pears whole & it was still lovely & sweet. Perfect to make ahead when you have guests coming over for supper. 10/10

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