Spiced Poached Pears




When all the rich Christmas food has got too much, this is the perfect light and refreshing dessert. And with the addition of some raw chocolate sauce or dairy free ice cream, you can make this treat as indulgent as you like! I love that it is so quick to make, yet such an impressive and attractive dessert to serve to guests with minimal effort required! Just arrange the pears and spices on your prettiest plate and voila!

If anything is Christmas on a plate then this is! It is such a great way to fill the house with a festive aroma. Although the cinnamon sticks and whole star anise are not essential, I really recommend them to give the dish that extra something special! The ripeness of your pears dictates how long it will take to cook through, and I would recommend using pears that are ripe enough to eat as these have much more sweetness. The coconut sugar adds a caramel note to the syrup, although if you prefer, you could use brown rice syrup or maple syrup instead.

Spiced Poached Pears
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Recipe type: vegan, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, grain free
Serves: 2
  • 2 ripe pears
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbps coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 4 whole star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • A pinch of salt
  1. Holding the pears by the stalks, gently peel off all of the skin with a vegetable peeler
  2. Place the pears in a pan and pour in the water
  3. Add all of the spices and salt and coconut sugar and bring the water to a gentle simmer
  4. Cover with a lid and gently simmer for about 10-15 minutes, turning the pears every couple of minutes, until a knife easily passes through the pear
  5. Serve by removing the pears first and then pouring the spiced syrup over
  6. Decorate with the cinnamon and star anise


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