Poached Pears With Orange Juice

Poached Pears
Poached Pears. Image © Diana Rattray
    35 min
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Serve these poached pears "as-is" or with a dollop of whipped cream, or spoon them over ice cream or sponge cake. They make a wonderful morning treat or an excellent dessert.

What You'll Need

  • 4 firm ripe pears
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons grated orange zest

How to Make It

  1. Peel pears then cut into ​halves or quarters and cut out cores.
  2. In a saucepan, heat the sugar, orange juice, and water over medium heat.
  3. Add the pears and bring to a simmer.
  4. Reduce heat to low, cover, and continue simmering for 15 minutes, or until the pears are tender.
  5. Remove the pears and add the orange zest.
  6. Simmer the syrup for 5 minutes longer, then combine the pears and syrup and chill thoroughly.