Whether you're looking for a bangin holiday recipe or something delicious in July, these poached pears will hit the spot. Easy recipe with incredible results!
I'm not about to tell you I make poached pears all the time because it just doesn't happen. I didn't have the need to add wine and I didn't want added sugars or sweeteners aside from the fruit. What I did do, was make this recipe late at night while my family was sleeping, then when it was finished I proceeded to drink the cider and dance around the kitchen feeling like I was celebrating Christmas in July. This recipe is delicious and packed with incredible flavors! There will be leftover liquid and fruit when you're done, which you will be grateful for!
Pears: I would recommend using a firmer pear, usually not Bartlett which will tend to break down faster and get mushy.
Craisins: These were store bought and of course add a lot of sweetness to the recipe.
Golden Currants: I used fresh currants picked from my garden the day of. I understand not everyone has these accessible but you can buy them dried. You then have to watch out for added sugars and the flavor will be slightly different. Red currants will also give you a different flavor.
Orange Peel: I actually used a tangelo which might be a tad more tart but ultimately same flavor profile as an orange.
Cinnamon Stick: To be transparent, my cinnamon sticks were a bit older and likely had lost some flavor. For that reason I used 2. I would still recommend using 2 for strong cinnamon flavor but if you're using fresh you could use just 1.
What to do with excess liquid and fruit?
Enjoy it as a warm or cold cider. Or, strain out the fruit and add it to oatmeal. Either way, it won't last long!
Poached Pears Without Added Sugar
- 3 pears
- 3 cups water
- ¾ cups golden currants
- ½ cups craisins
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 tablespoon orange peel
- In a saucepan combine 3 cups water, golden currants, craisins, cinnamon sticks, and orange peel.
- Gently peel 3 pears, leaving the stems.
- Place pears into liquid and heat on medium (level 4), covered, for about 20 minutes. Decrease heat to Low (level 1) for about 15 more minutes. Turn off heat and let sit with cover on for about 15 minutes before serving or transferring to the fridge. Keep pears with liquid and fruit if storing in fridge.