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Poached Spiced Pears

These simple poached pears are so delicious!!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pear dessert ideas, pear dessert recipe, poached pears, spiced pears, vegetarian healthy dessert
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Amy- A Red Spatula


  • 4 pears You want them ripe, but just barely. A little firmness is good!
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 lemon, juiced If you don't have a lemon, you can use 2 teaspoons lemon juice from bottle
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar if you prefer honey, use it!
  • 3 cinnamon sticks if you don't have cinnamon sticks, use about 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon.
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoons cloves
  • 1/3 cup honey reserve for the end


  • Add water, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to pot and bring to a boil over high heat.
    While liquid is coming to a boil, carefully peel pears. You can use a knife or peeler. I prefer the peeler, as I get more consistent peels this way. I find it easier to start at the bottom and peel towards the top. Do this carefully as you don't want to bruise the pears.
    Add peeled pears to the simple syrup (the liquid you have created above). Turn heat to medium low and simmer until pears are tender. Mine took about 15 minutes. This will depend on the thickness of pears and heat of the water. To test, carefully insert a sharp knife in the side of the pear.
    Remove pears carefully from liquid and set aside.
    Now, remove all but about 2 cups of the liquid from pan, including the cinnamon sticks. Add in 1/2 cup honey. Turn to medium high heat and cook, stirring occasionally until the liquid is reduced and thickened.If you are using a pan that does not have a thick bottom, keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn. I used my thick bottom cast iron enameled pan, so it was good.
    Let me tell you, this will taste just as good as it smells. It is thick, and so tasty!
    I love to brush my pears with this thickened simple syrup.
    Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!