Star Anise Poached Pears

READY IN: 25mins
Recipe by Xexe383

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

Top Review by Chef Victor

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

Ingredients Nutrition


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

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