This very simple poached pear recipe makes a wonderful dessert or refreshing breakfast treat when paired with thick Greek yogurt, chopped walnuts and a sprinkle of cinnamon. The pears don’t have to be perfectly ripe for this to be delicious, as they soften and sweeten during the poaching process. You can also try cooking them in pomegranate juice or adding cloves to change the flavor profile.
- 4 pears, any variety
- ½” piece ginger root, peeled and thinly sliced
- ½ stick cinnamon
- 3 Tbsp honey, or to taste depending on the ripeness of the pears
- 1/4 cup water
- Peel pears and cut them in half lengthwise. Scoop out the cores with a melon baller. Make sure you cut away the hard remains of the flower at the bottom of the pear.
- Place the pears in a large sauté pan, cut sides up. Add sliced ginger root and cinnamon stick to the pan.
- Mix the honey and water together. Pour the mixture over the pears.
- Bring the pears to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cover the pan, turn the heat down to low, and gently poach until the pears are tender, about 20 minutes. Baste the pears with the syrup from time to time. About 10 minutes into the cooking, flip the pears over, cut sides down, for even cooking. Add a little more water if the pears look dry.
- When the pears are just tender, turn the heat off and, leaving the lid on, let the pears cool in the pan. They will continue cooking and give out more of their juices as they steam.
- Discard the ginger slices and cinnamon stick. Arrange the pears on a serving dish, cut side up. Serve chilled or at room temperature with the syrup spooned over the fruit.