Recipe: Apple Cider Poached Pears

I’ve been wanting to poach pears for a long time.  I see those celebrity and television chefs do it all the time.  Then they serve it up all pretty with ice cream or this rich sauce.

I did neither of those last things.

But, thanks to having a bunch of pears, compliments of my CSA bin, and no more cookies left in my apartment…I figured…why not give poached pears a shot.  Usually done in a dessert wine…I opted for something I had in my fridge…apple cider.

It was fantastic!  My roomie is still raving.  And that means a lot since she’s not a big fan of pears.  But this was a simple, light, and quite nutritious dessert tonight.  Easy to make as well.  Here’s what I did…

Recipe: Apple Cider Poached Pears

Apple Cider Poached Pears
Apple Cider Poached Pears

Servings: 2
Time: Prep 10 minutes; Cook 10 minutes


2 cups apple cider (NOT apple juice)
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 pears, pealed, halved, cored
1 tsp arrowroot powder or cornstarch


In a small saucepan, add the 2 cups of apple cider, vanilla, and cinnamon stick.  Bring to a simmer.

Add the pears, flat side down, in the saucepan.

Simmer for about 10 minutes, until they are fork tender.  Do not leave them in too long or they will get mushy.

Remove the pears from the saucepan.  Using the cider in the pan, add the arrowroot or cornstarch and bring to a boil to thicken.

Place pears in a bowl with a scoop of vanilla Greek yogurt (or ice cream), then top with the apple cider sauce.  Sprinkle with granola or nuts for a little texture and serve.

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