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Poached Pears


  • 4 William pears, free from blemishes and bruises
  • Lemon juice
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 cups water
  • Vanilla bean, split, seeded


  • Peel each pear from stem down. Sprinkle each pear with lemon juice to avoid browning while peeling the remaining pears.
  • Place 2 cups sugar and 6 cups water in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar has dissolved. Increase heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add pears and a split, seeded vanilla bean. Cover pears with a square of baking paper. Allow the pears to simmer in the liquid for 15-20 minutes or until tender, turning occasionally to ensure even cooking.
  • Serve pear warm or cooled with a little poaching liquid.


Hard as a rock? To ripen your hard pears, put fruit in a punctured paper bag and keep them at room temperature.  When they have ripened, they will smell delicious and will give a little when you press with your thumb.



Preparation Time:

10 minutes

Cooking Time:

25 minutes

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