Vanilla Poached Pear Recipe
We have a pear tree in our front yard and during the autumn, we often have more pears than we know what to do with. While we eat them fresh quite a bit, the kids get tired of pears eventually and I look for more creative pear recipes to use them up in. When I came across this Vanilla Poached Pears recipe (Pere al Vaniglia) in Grace’s Sweet Life, I knew I had to try it. It calls for Forelle pears which my store did not have. I substituted Bartlett pears instead and it worked just fine.
- ⅔ cups of water
- 1¼ cups demerera sugar
- 6 small Forelle pears
- 1 vanilla bean, split & seaded
- 1 cinnamon stick
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the water and sugar to a boil, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Meanwhile, peel the pears with a vegetable peeler, keeping as much of the pear's natural shape as possible. Cut the pears in half and core with a melon baller.
- Reduce the heat to medium low and add the vanilla bean and seeds and the cinnamon stick to the poaching liquid.
- Add the prepared pears to the poaching liquid cored side down. cover the pears with a cartouche of parchment paper. Gently simmer, flipping the pears halfway through the cooking time, until the pears are tender when pierced with a skewer but still hold their shape - 15 to 25 minutes.
- Remove from heat & remove cartouche. Allow pears to cool in poaching liquid.
- Remove the vanilla bean & cinnamon stick.Cook liquid over medium high heat until it reduces by half and becomes a thick syrup. Drizzle the warm syrup over warm pears & serve alone or with ice cream.