Poached Pears in Saffron Citrus Syrup

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

Simple, yet sophisticated dessert.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the first 4 ingredients in a large saucepan with 2 cups of water.
  2. Heat, stirring, over low heat until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a gentle simmer.
  4. Add the pears and cook, covered for 12-15 minutes, turning them halfway through.
  5. Remove pears from liquid, and bring it back to boil, uncovered.
  6. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until the syrup has reduced by half.
  7. Remove the vanilla bean and drizzle syrup over the pears.
  8. Serve with biscotti.
Most Helpful

Ive never poached pears before and this was very simple and easy to follow recipe. It made one of the best puddings I think Ive ever tasted. If you want something light and not too sweet this is the one for you. I also poached the pears a little longer and they go a beautiful golden colour. I didnt use the biscotti but served it with some local vanilla ice cream, absolutely fabulous!

Nocksley March 08, 2013

What a wonderful dessert this made! The sauce had a fruity and tangy taste, and as I couldn't find any biscotti, I used Stella D'Oro almond toast instead. It soaked up the wonderful sauce and added a nice crunchy touch to the dessert. The only thing I would do differently is to poach the pears a little longer -- I used Bosc pears, and they were still a little firm even after poaching for 20 minutes, so next time I will cook them a little longer. This was an elegant ending for our meal -- we enjoyed it so much!

TasteTester April 18, 2012