Vanilla-Saffron Poached Pears Recipe

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Vanilla-Saffron Poached Pears Recipe
Vanilla-Saffron Poached Pears
Miri Leigh

Vanilla-Saffron Poached Pears

I’m on a whole-fruit-as-dessert kick. There’s just something so elegant and simple about serving a piece of fruit in its whole and natural state, lightly sweetened and topped with nothing but a bit of ice cream or crème chantilly.

The saffron not only adds a lovely flavor but also an orange tint to the syrup that stains the pears ever so slightly, giving them a deep, golden glow.

6
Servings
340
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Pinch of saffron
  • 1 whole vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
  • 4 Bartlett pears, ripe but still firm, peeled, stems intact
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving (optional)

Directions

Combine the water, sugar, lemon juice, and saffron in a medium-sized saucepan. Cook over medium heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Scrape the vanilla bean seeds into the liquid, then add the scraped bean to the liquid, too. Bring the liquid to a simmer. 

Carefully lower the pears into the liquid and simmer, turning occasionally, until the pears are soft and cooked through, about 15 minutes.

Remove the pears from the liquid and set aside. Remove the vanilla bean. Bring the remaining liquid to a boil and cook until reduced by about ½ to a thick syrup. Serve the pears warm with the syrup, with a scoop of good-quality vanilla ice cream if desired.

Vanilla Shopping Tip

Spices and dried herbs have a shelf life too, and lose potency over time. The rule of thumb is, if your spices are over two years old, it's time to buy some new ones.

Vanilla Cooking Tip

Toasting whole spices before using them intensifies their aroma and flavor.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
0.2g
0.3%
Sugar
79g
N/A
Protein
0.5g
1.1%
Carbs
86g
29%
Vitamin A
1µg
N/A
Vitamin C
8mg
13%
Vitamin E
0.2mg
0.8%
Vitamin K
5µg
6%
Calcium
18mg
2%
Fiber
4g
16%
Folate (food)
8µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
0.5µg
0.1%
Iron
0.3mg
1.7%
Magnesium
10mg
2%
Niacin (B3)
0.2mg
1.1%
Phosphorus
15mg
2%
Potassium
135mg
4%
Sodium
8mg
N/A
Sugars, added
67g
N/A
Zinc
0.1mg
0.8%

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