top 5 poached pears

As a company known for its pears, it’s safe to say we’ve tried nearly every kind of pear recipe imaginable. After all the tarts, cakes, and even mixed drinks, we still love pears in their simplest form. Luckily, that’s where poached pears come in.

These make an elegant dessert, and actually require very little effort. After a quick prep of the poaching liquid, the pears can just be left on the stovetop until soft. The softened pears can be served alone, with whipped cream, on a salad, or with dinner—no matter how they’re prepared, these winter classics will be the star of the show.

Show-stopping, sophisticated, and can be made long before guests arrive? Sounds like the perfect holiday dessert! If you want to keep your recipe simple, here’s a simple guide on how to poach pears. If you’re ready to try something new, check out one of these five delicious twists on this classic dish.

Chai Poached Pears with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

From Oh My Veggie – This recipe has two winter favorites bundled into one. All the spices and flavor are already included in the chai tea, which makes this recipe even easier. While you wait for the pears to simmer, pour a cup of chai for yourself and curl up with a good book. Talk about the perfect winter day!

vanilla chai poached pears

Saffron Poached Pears

From Sprinkle Bakes – Poached pears always make a beautiful dessert, but poaching in saffron takes them to a whole new level. The stunning yellow color paired with the complex flavor of saffron and vanilla will certainly wow your guests.

saffron poached pears recipe

Spiced Red Wine Poached Pears

From A Chef’s Kitchen – Other than simple syrup, wine is likely the most popular liquid for poaching pears. This classic French preparation is as striking as it is flavorful. Try this recipe with a bit of orange for a festive twist.

Spiced Red Wine Poached Pears

Pears Poached in Belgian-Style Beer

From USA Pears – Not a wine person? These pears poached in Belgian-style beer might be exactly what you’re looking for. The beer gives these pears a lighter flavor, which makes them a great accompaniment to a cheese plate or salad.

beer poached pears

Bourbon Masala Poached Pears

From USA Pears – We’re keeping the “pears for grown-ups” trend going with these spicy pears poached in bourbon whiskey. Warm spices like cardamom and cinnamon give these pears the flavors of a cozy masala chai. The whiskey is complemented by sweet honey and vanilla, which makes these pears the perfect treat for any palate.

bourbon masala poached pears

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