Vanilla Poached Pear recipe from Grace’s Sweet Life

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Vanilla poached pears recipe

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.

Vanilla Poached Pear recipe
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  • 2/3 cups of water
  • 1 1/4 cups demerera sugar
  • 6 small Forelle pears
  • 1 vanilla bean, split & seaded
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the water and sugar to a boil, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. 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.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium low and add the vanilla bean and seeds and the cinnamon stick to the poaching liquid.
  4. 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.
  5. Remove from heat & remove cartouche. Allow pears to cool in poaching liquid.
  6. 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.

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  1. I love pears and they are one of the few fruits that I can find organic in my grocery store! Thanks for the recipe!
  2. shelly peterson says
    Yum! my family loves pears, I would definitely serve this wit ice cream.
  3. Melissa Rheinlander says
    This sounds delicious and super easy!!
  4. judy gregory says
    this sounds delish. my fave growing up was homemade pear preserves ooey gooey sticky chewy just like these
  5. I love cooked pears. I have a fond memory of my mom when I was younger. If I came down with a cold or sore throat she would make me pears or peaches to eat and I don't mean out of a can.
  6. This looks delicious - I'm not sure what demerara sugar is, but I'm going to find out. :)
    • Ellen Christian says
      Thanks, Kris. It's a very fine sugar that is often used in the UK.  I substituted plain white granulated sugar with no problems!

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