Sunday Snapshots : My First Poached Pears

by Spicie Foodie on February 12, 2012

**14 February 2012 Update: Thank you for the top 9 vote on Foodbuzz daily top 9**

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Come winter the fruit choices go down hill. About the only decent looking fruits available are apples and pears. In a previous post I told you that for the most part I find apples a tad boring. Pears on the other hand are a fruit I hardly ever find boring. Pears are just sweet enough to satisfy both a fruit and sweet craving. I love eating them on their own, raw, as well as finding new and interesting ways of cooking with them. Okay, so I also like torturing my hubby with insane and unappetizing ways of cooking with pears. (Please refer to my Pears, Mushrooms and Spinach recipe. I do still wonder what the heck I was thinking.)

One very popular way of cooking pears is poaching. Poaching is a method of  cooking food inside hot liquid for a short period. Poaching is somewhat of a new cooking method to me. Sure, I’ve poached a few eggs in my life but that’s about it. The little bit I’ve learned about poaching meats really grosses me out. Photos of poached chicken make me…you know what – blagh! Raise your hand if you like poached chicken? Now can you tell me if it tastes as gross as it looks? Just kidding guys.

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Whilst munching on some succulent pear slices and perusing Foodgawker, I questioned myself on why I have never poached pears. Myself answered that just alone the word “poached” makes me shudder. Oh yeah. I told myself to get over it and consult “The Source” aka Google. Mr. Google (is Google male or female?) led me to David Lebovitz’s website. He, David, has a great article called “How to Poach Pears”. The article also has great information on which pear varieties are the best for cooking. David convinced me to give poaching a chance. So I got to work.

Being the wine enthusiast (or is it lush?) that I am, white wine was the poaching liquid of choice (only because I ran out of red). Some of you may remember that I don’t do overly sweet so the sugar was cut down, way down. If you haven’t ever noticed I really love my spices so I “Spiciefied” the liquid. I’m no poaching pear expert, actually up until now I was a poached pear virgin (blushing), so I suggest you read David’s article after you are done here. Okay enough jibber-jabber below is how I lost my poached pear “virginity”.

(If you would like to publish my recipe on your website please contact me first. I don’t bite :) )
Spicie Poached Pears, dessert for 2
2 small Seckel pears*
1 1/2 cup sweet white wine, I used Muscat wine
1/2 cup water
4 tbsp. granulate sugar
1 cinnamon stick
3 bruised green cardamom pods
4 whole black pepper corns
1/2 a small Lemon

*Bosc, Anjou and Bartlett are also great choices

dap of butter or vegan replacement
walnuts or almonds

1. Pour the wine, water, lemon juice and all of the spices into a deep pot. Simmer over low heat and do not allow liquid to come to a boil. In the mean time peel the pears, cut in half and cut out the center core. Place the pears in the pot and cook for 10 minutes. Make sure there is enough liquid and space for all the pears to be covered.

2. Remove the pears from the pot and set aside. Keep simmering the liquid until it thickens up a bit. Right before serving strain the liquid to remove the spices. Add a little nob of butter (or vegan replacement) on top of each pear half and pour the warm liquid over them. You can also sprinkle some walnuts over the pears if desired.

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Even though I did not follow David’s recipe I do thank him for showing me that poaching can be fun. I can now say that I love poached pears, they tasted great! This being my first attempt I wasn’t planning on snapping any photos. But when I was finished they looked so good that I had to shoot a few. Please excuse the bad quality and I promise next poached pears will have better photos. Thank you everyone for stopping by and reading another edition of Sunday Snapshots.

Happy Sunday and see you tomorrow for another edition of My Favorite Foodies Series.


in Fruits,Sunday Snapshots,Vegan/Vegetarian

{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa February 12, 2012 at 7:33 AM

A lovely yeries of clicks. Those pears look delicious.




2 Spicie Foodie February 12, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Thanks Rosa! Happy Sunday :)


3 Marsha @ The Harried Cook February 12, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Gorgeous poached pears, Nancy! I love poached pears and I would love to try your recipe sometime… I think the pictures look just great! :)

PS – I think Google must be a woman considering how much information it gives us. A man would probably answer in five words or less :)


4 Spicie Foodie February 12, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Lol, I think you are right Marsha :) Thank you!


5 Ramona February 12, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Love the cinnamon and cardamom you have going on here!! Beautiful dish. :) Happy Sunday!! ~ Ramona


6 Spicie Foodie February 12, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Thank you Ramona and happy Sunday to you :)!


7 Patty February 12, 2012 at 1:28 PM

I can’t believe this was your first time to poach pears, a fruity slightly sweet dessert is perfect for your tastes, oh and don’t forget the spicie! The photos are pretty and light;-)
Happy Valentine’s Day!(a little early)


8 Spicie Foodie February 12, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Hi Patty, I’m weird for having waiting so long. But I learned my lesson now :) Thanks and Happy Valentine’s Day to you too. Have a great trip!


9 Priscilla - She's Cookin' February 12, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Gorgeous pears, and your impromptu photos are as stunning as always! Pinned! Muscat is the perfect poaching liquid and the cardamom adds a touch of the exotic :) Happy Sunday!


10 Spicie Foodie February 12, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Thanks Priscilla! Really? I’ll make sure to always buy Muscat then. You know me and my need for spices. Happy Sunday!


11 Flavors of the Sun February 12, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Cinnamon, cardamom, and black pepper! Yum! I love pears, as you know, and am definitely adding this recipe to my list of pear recipes to try. They look wonderful.


12 Spicie Foodie February 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Yes, I do know :) Glad to share the pear love with you. Thanks!


13 Christine February 12, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Beautiful dish! Love it.


14 Spicie Foodie February 13, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Thank you Christine!


15 Vicki Bensinger February 12, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Your poached pears looks so delicious. I’m salivating just viewing the photo. I’m thrilled you’re in love with your poached pears. Afterall losing your virginity without feeling the love just wouldn’t have been the same.

Thanks for sharing these.


16 Spicie Foodie February 13, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Lol, thank you Vicki :)


17 Liz February 12, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Your poached pears are gorgeous, Nancy!!! I need to lay off the decadent sweets and instead whip up these beauties and savor every bite~


18 Spicie Foodie February 13, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Thank you Liz :)


19 kristy February 12, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Such delicious looking poached pears. I love you present them cause I prefer brighter colour poached pears.
Thanks for sharing it & hope you’re having a great week ahead.


20 Spicie Foodie February 13, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Thank you Kristy and you too have a great week.


21 Ann February 12, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Oh, these look stunning! One of the benefits of living in Florida is citrus is now in season and strawberries and blueberries come in season VERY early…. I’ve always wanted to make poached pears and yours are magazine perfect!


22 Spicie Foodie February 13, 2012 at 10:03 AM

I’m so jealous Ann. We have to wait until summer for most berries. Thanks!


23 vianney February 13, 2012 at 12:11 AM

Thank you for sharing. I have never made poached pears, but this would be a perfect date night recipe. rico!


24 Spicie Foodie February 13, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Yeah they would be great for date night. So fast and easy so it leaves you with more time to enjoy the evening. Gracias!


25 Betty @ scrambled henfruit February 13, 2012 at 12:13 AM

Don’t apologize for those pears! They’re making me want to go and poach some myself- I love pears! :)


26 Spicie Foodie February 13, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Aww, thank you Betty :)


27 Magic of Spice February 13, 2012 at 4:01 AM

These are just gorgeous sweetie, you did a beautiful job with both the photos and recipe! I love poaching as a cooking method, although I can’t tell you what poached chicken tasted like, it is pretty ugly, lol
Wishing you guys a beautiful valentines day!


28 Spicie Foodie February 13, 2012 at 10:06 AM

I’m glad you agree on the chicken, hehe. Thanks and you too have a beautiful Valentine’s day!


29 Rochelle (@AcquiredLife) February 13, 2012 at 7:21 AM

These are beautiful! I too have never poached pears, but have thought about it and I like that this isn’t too sweet but has good spices (pepper, really? That is awesome).


30 Spicie Foodie February 13, 2012 at 10:07 AM

You should try it Rochelle, it was fun and tasty. Yeppers there is pepper in there :)


31 Nami | Just One Cookbook February 13, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Beautiful photography. I think I’ve had poached pears once in my life at some fancy restaurant. My mom never cooked and I wasn’t exposed to something like this before I became adult. I’m just staring at these pictures because they look pretty!


32 Spicie Foodie February 13, 2012 at 8:54 PM

You are so sweet Nami, thank you :) Perhaps you can try making them yourself sometime. I also didn’t grow up eating them but now I’ll eat them more often.


33 Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything} February 13, 2012 at 9:30 PM

believe it or not i have never made my own poached pears.
yours look so beautiful. love the addition of cardamon.
wishing you a sweet Valentine’s day


34 Spicie Foodie February 14, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Really? I’m surprised by that, you should try it. Thanks and happy Valentine’s Day to you too :)


35 Liz February 14, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Hooray…I knew these would make the Top 9!!!


36 Spicie Foodie February 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Wow, really? I have to go and check. Thanks for letting me know Liz :)


37 alyce culinary thymes February 14, 2012 at 2:10 PM

I like poached fruit as a dessert b/c it adds a touch of sweet and flavor w/out being so heavy.


38 Spicie Foodie February 15, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Me too, it is just perfect for my everyday tastes. Thanks Alyce!


39 Dara February 14, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Wow. Your photos are phenomenal! I am so impressed. Congrats on Top 9!


40 Spicie Foodie February 15, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Thank you Dara!


41 Platanos, Mangoes and Me! February 17, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Absolutely beautiful…what pictures…BRAVO!


42 Spicie Foodie February 17, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Thank you :)!


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