Gingery Poached Pears

AuthorAnn Gaffney
RatingDifficultyBeginner

These very simple gingery poached pears can be either a wonderful dessert, or, paired with a dollop of thick Greek yogurt, a fruity breakfast treat. Chinese medicine says that pears are cooling to the body, plus poached fruit is much easier to digest than raw, so this dessert is both refreshing and delicious. The pears you use don’t have to be perfectly ripe for this dish (See Ann's Tips) and you may want to up the sugar a little if they're very hard. If you like, you can cook them with honey instead of sugar, but I think it takes away from the taste of the pears.

Gingery Poached Pears
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Yields4 Servings
Prep Time20 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time50 mins
 4 medium size Bosc pears, just ripe
 3 tbsp granulated natural sugar or to taste, depending on the ripeness of the pears
 ½ inch piece of ginger root, peeled and thinly sliced
 ¼ cup water
 4 slices crystallized ginger, julienned for garnish
1

Peel the pears and cut them in half lengthwise. Scoop out the cores with a teaspoon. Make sure you cut away the hard remains of the flower at the bottom of the pear. Arrange the pears in a circle inside the pan, cut sides up, thin ends towards the center.

2

Mix the sugar, ginger root and water together in a small pan. Bring to a boil. When the sugar has dissolved, pour the liquid and ginger slices over the pears.

3

Bring the pears to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cover the pan, turn the heat down to low, and gently poach until the pears are tender, about half an hour. Paste the pears with the syrup from time to time. About 15 minutes into the cooking, flip the pears over, cut sides down, for even cooking. Check the liquid for sweetness. Add sugar to taste, plus a little more water if the pears look dry. The syrup should be light, not thick and sticky.

4

When the pears are just tender, turn the heat off and, leaving the lid on, let the pears cool in the pan. They will continue cooking and give out more of their juices as they steam.

5

Discard the ginger slices. Arrange the pears on a serving dish, cut side up. Serve chilled or at room temperature with the syrup spooned over the fruit, decorated with crystallized ginger.

Ann's Tips
6

A gentle squeeze to the neck of the pear will let you know if the pears are ripe or not. The neck of a ripe pear will give a little.
For extra flavor, in step 2 you can poach the pear peelings in the water along with the ginger and sugar. Strain out the peels before adding to the halved pears. It's best to add another 1/4 cup of water if you do this.

These very simple gingery poached pears can be either a wonderful dessert or refreshing breakfast treat paired with a dollop of thick Greek yogurt.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 pear

Servings 4


Amount Per Serving
Calories 138
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
Sodium 3mg1%
Total Carbohydrate 31g11%
Sugars 19g
Protein 1g2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

 

Ingredients

 4 medium size Bosc pears, just ripe
 3 tbsp granulated natural sugar or to taste, depending on the ripeness of the pears
 ½ inch piece of ginger root, peeled and thinly sliced
 ¼ cup water
 4 slices crystallized ginger, julienned for garnish

Directions

1

Peel the pears and cut them in half lengthwise. Scoop out the cores with a teaspoon. Make sure you cut away the hard remains of the flower at the bottom of the pear. Arrange the pears in a circle inside the pan, cut sides up, thin ends towards the center.

2

Mix the sugar, ginger root and water together in a small pan. Bring to a boil. When the sugar has dissolved, pour the liquid and ginger slices over the pears.

3

Bring the pears to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cover the pan, turn the heat down to low, and gently poach until the pears are tender, about half an hour. Paste the pears with the syrup from time to time. About 15 minutes into the cooking, flip the pears over, cut sides down, for even cooking. Check the liquid for sweetness. Add sugar to taste, plus a little more water if the pears look dry. The syrup should be light, not thick and sticky.

4

When the pears are just tender, turn the heat off and, leaving the lid on, let the pears cool in the pan. They will continue cooking and give out more of their juices as they steam.

5

Discard the ginger slices. Arrange the pears on a serving dish, cut side up. Serve chilled or at room temperature with the syrup spooned over the fruit, decorated with crystallized ginger.

Ann's Tips
6

A gentle squeeze to the neck of the pear will let you know if the pears are ripe or not. The neck of a ripe pear will give a little.
For extra flavor, in step 2 you can poach the pear peelings in the water along with the ginger and sugar. Strain out the peels before adding to the halved pears. It's best to add another 1/4 cup of water if you do this.

Gingery Poached Pears

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