Poached Pears

Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes Plus 2 hours of chilling time Servings: 6

Poached pears are a charming, elegant dessert, and they're easy to make. This delicious dessert is a great way to finish your dinner. Yum!


2 1/3 cups sugar, divided

2 teaspoons cornstarch

1 cup milk

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

4 large egg yolks, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

10 cups water, divided

2 tablespoons lemon juice, divided

6 medium firm pears, with stems

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1 cinnamon stick

3 whole cloves


In a large saucepan, combine 1/3 cup sugar and cornstarch then gradually stir in milk and cream until smooth.

Bring to a boil over medium heat, cook, and stir for 2 minutes, then remove from heat.

Gradually add a small amount of hot mixture to egg yolks, then return all to the pan, stirring constantly.

Cook and stir on medium-low heat for 15 minutes or until the mixture thickens slightly (do not boil).

Stir in vanilla, then pour into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap on top and refrigerate.

In a bowl, combine 6 cups of water and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.

Carefully peel pears, leaving stems attached, then plunge pears into lemon water.

In a large saucepan, combine lemon zest and sugar, water, and lemon juice, then bring to a boil.

Add cinnamon stick, cloves, and pears, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until pears are tender.

Carefully place pears on a plate and discard cinnamon sticks and cloves.

Drizzle syrup over pears, then loosely cover and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.

To serve, pears, drizzle with chilled vanilla sauce. Enjoy!

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