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vanilla poached pear in a small white bowl

Vanilla Poached Pears

  • Author: Brita Britnell
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: serves 5
  • Diet: Vegan


Vanilla Poached Pears make an impressive-looking dessert without a great deal of preparation or effort. This simple recipe looks so fancy and special, but is really quite easy to make with sweet, buttery pears and warm spices that are perfect for fall.


  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 5 pears, washed and peeled
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick, gently crushed or broken (or sub in 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon)
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Wash and peel the pears.
  2. Place the pears in a large pot with the water. Add the sugar, cinnamon, anise, and vanilla.
  3. Bring to boil and reduce the heat to low. Let it simmer for about 30 to 40 minutes or until the
  4. pears are tender and the liquid is thickened like syrup.
  5. Serve pears warm on their own, or with a bit of the leftover syrup.
  6. Garnish with a bit of cinnamon, caramel sauce, or you can also use an anise star which looks really beautiful when serving it at an event.
  7. Enjoy!


Poached pears can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. You can even prep poached pears ahead of time. You can make them 2 days in advance, once the pears are tender, turn off the heat and let the liquid and pears cool completely. Transfer the pears to a container and cover with the cooled poaching liquid. Then reheat just before serving.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 206
  • Sugar: 38.3 g
  • Sodium: 4.9 mg
  • Fat: 1.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 49.1 g
  • Protein: 0.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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