Christmas Poached Pears


I have cooked these for clients three times in the last month, and each time they have been a knockout. Just about as Christmassy as it gets without entering the lairs of stodge and flatulence, and incredibly easy.

Serves 6

300ml Port (LBV or Tawny)
700ml water
500g caster sugar
Juice of half a lemon
A stick of cinnamon
A few cardamom pods
Small handful of star anise
3 cloves
6 pears
Creme fraiche

Put the port, water, sugar, lemon juice and spices into a saucepan. Stir to dissolve the sugar and put over a medium heat.

Peel the pears, trimming their bases so they sit flat on a plate. Plop into the saucepan, bring to a simmer and cover. Lower the heat and simmer for 1 hour.

Remove the pears and reduce the syrup by 1/3. Serve hot or cold with creme fraiche.

Otherwise you can put them in sterilised jars and give them out as (probably, by now, late) Christmas presents. They’ll keep for a couple of weeks in a refrigerator, and are delicious with blue cheese.

It’s not too late to participate in the Christmas Challenge – votes close at midnight tonight.

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One response to “Christmas Poached Pears

  1. I have a dish full of pears that just came with my veg box, this looks like the perfect use for them.

    Merry Christmas!

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