Cider Poached Pears



I have long wanted to make Poached Pears for my pear loving son. This recipe is both simple and elegant. A combination of fruit juices are brought to a boil and spiced with star anise, vanilla, and a cinnamon stick. Just peel, halve and core a pear and place it into the boiling liquid. To be honest it took the full 20 minutes for the pear to become fully cooked. Continue to simmer the liquid until it reduces to a syrup and top off the pears with it. Be patient — it seems as if it will never reach the right consistency and then all of the sudden it is done. Add a little vanilla yogurt and sprinkle with toasted almonds. Beautiful, delicious and so worth it!

Kitchen note: If you don’t have star anise in the pantry, substitute a 1 tsp. of Chinese Five Spice.



  • 1 pear
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Greek yogurt
  • Toasted almonds


  1. Peel the pear, cut in half and core.
  2. Add the cider, orange juice, star anise, cinnamon stick and vanilla extract to a small to medium pan.
  3. Bring to boil, then reduce to a simmer. Add the pear halves and poach at a low-medium heat for 10-20 minutes (until you can stick a knife through with no resistance).
  4. Remove the pear halves when cooked and reduce the rest of the mixture over a medium heat until it is a thicker glaze.
  5. Serve the pears with a dollop of Greek yogurt, a handful of toasted almonds and the glaze.


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I am a blogger who would rather talk than write. I enjoy traveling, family time, friends and food/fine dining. I have made some real efforts in the kitchen lately, and I blog in order to document and motivate myself to: 1.) fully use all of the fresh ingredients in my kitchen and 2.) cook healthy, creative meals.

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