I just adore poached pears, so much that i think this is my third recipe on the blog! They are so simple and make for such a delicious light dessert. These are very delicate and fragrant in taste and can be served very simple with a little vegan cream, crème fraiche or a hot chocolate sauce would make them more decadent. I used Madernassa poaching pears which are French and have a thin skin with a dense and exceptionally fragrant flesh. However I have made this recipe with all sorts of varieties and it always works out beautifully. I would only say you don’t want the pears very over or under ripe.
4 pears peeled
1 ½ cups caster sugar
2 litres water
10 cardamom pods bashed
1 vanilla pod split down its length
Place the pears and all the ingredients into a large pan and bring to the boil, reduce immediately to a very low simmer and cook for about 30 minutes, until the pears are tender.
Remove from the heat and leave the pears to cool in the liquor.
Remove the pears from the pan and return the pan to hob. Bring to the boil and cook at a simmer until the liquor has reduced by a 3rd.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
When your ready to serve, cut a little bit off the bottom of each pear, in order for them to sit up right on a plate, alternatively cut them in half.
Place on a plate or bowl and serve with about ½ cupful of the liquor. They are beautiful on their own or serve them as you wish with cream or a chocolate sauce.