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    Star Anise Poached Pears

    Star Anise Poached Pears. Photo by Chef @Oz

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    25 mins

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    25 mins

    Xexe's Note:

    Here is a delicious example of eastern spices used to complement a western dish. Recipe edited to add sugar (which was left out).

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    1. 1
      Combine sugar 2 tablespoons water, star anise, cloves, cinnamon stick and vanilla bean in a heavy large saucepan.
    2. 2
      Stir over low heat until sugar dissolves.
    3. 3
      Increase heat and boil with out stirring until syrup turns a deep amber color, occasionally brushing down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush and swirling pan, about 9 minutes.
    4. 4
      Remove from heat add 1 1/4 cups of water (the mixture will bubble vigorously).
    5. 5
      Bring to a simmer, stirring until pieces of caramel dissolve.
    6. 6
      Add pears, cover and simmer until tender, turning pears once about 5 minutes.
    7. 7
      Using a slotted spoon, transfer pears to bowl.
    8. 8
      Boil liquid in sauce pan until thick and syrupy, about 5 minutes.
    9. 9
      Pour syrup over pears toss gently to coat.
    10. 10
      Chill until cold.
    11. 11
      Serve cold.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 21, 2009


      This is a fantastic dessert! It goes well with Vanilla Ice Cream.

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    • on May 16, 2006


      I used beurre bosc pears which needed a lot more cooking (15-20 min) to become tender. The flavour is quite subtle and I wasn't bowled over when I first tasted it. Then I tried it with homemade vanilla ice cream and the combination was really great. The richness of the ice cream complements the pears so well. I recommend not making the caramel too dark. The sweetness was about right.

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    • on February 19, 2006


      A wonderful dessert! Definitely need to keep an eye on the syrup while cooking. The flavors of the spices are so nice with the pears. Will be making this again!

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    Nutritional Facts for Star Anise Poached Pears

    Serving Size: 1 (108 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 193.0
    Calories from Fat 1
    Total Fat 0.2 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 3.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 50.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.1 g
    Sugars 41.2 g
    Protein 0.6 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    star anise

    vanilla beans

    Anjou pears

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