Cider Recipe: Cider Poached Pears
Poached pears are one of the most elegant (and easy to make) desserts — very French farmhouse. In our version, you first make a beautiful simmering syrup from hard cider, vanilla and honey, with some fresh herbs and cinnamon in the mix for extra depth. The pears take a long, luxurious bath in this heavenly poaching liquid, until their texture becomes luscious and velvety. To serve, just make a batch of honey-infused whipped cream (none of that stuff from a can, if you please) and dress with a spoonful of reduced cider syrup from the pot. Voila — a sophisticated dessert is ready to go in under 30 minutes!
Cider Poached Pears
Ready in: 25 minutes
- 32 ounces hard cider
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- 1/4 cup honey, divided
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 large Bosc pears, peeled, halved and cored
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- Combine hard cider, vanilla, 2 tablespoons honey, thyme and cinnamon stick in large pot over medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to low, add pears and continue to simmer until pears are cooked but still slightly firm, about 10 minutes.
- Remove pears, cinnamon stick and thyme from pot and increase heat to medium-high. Continue to simmer poaching liquid until reduced to 1 cup and coats back of spoon. Whisk in butter and remove from heat.
- While pears poach, whip heavy cream together with remaining honey until soft peaks form.
- Serve pears with cider syrup and honey whipped cream.
Video, recipe and photo by Dish Works.