Poached Pears in a Spiced Honey Syrup

I definitely gravitate towards heavier (read: more fattening) desserts like cake, cookies, ice cream, brownies, etc., etc., but fruit desserts are the more common way to end a meal in Morocco.

These poached pears are relatively simple to prepare but are a pretty and elegant way to follow a heavy Moroccan dinner.  Spiced with ginger, cinnamon and cardamom with just a little bit of honey, they’re also a relatively healthy dessert.  Although if I had my way, I’d be serving these pears with a generous scoop of ice cream.


Poached Pears in Spiced Honey Syrup

Yield: 4 servings


* 3 Tablespoons honey
* 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
* 1 cup water
* 1 cinnamon stick
* 1 cardamom pod, smashed
* 2 thin sliced fresh ginger
* 4 pears


Combine the honey and lemon juice in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir to dissolve the honey and then add the water, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for five minutes.

Peel the pears but leave the stalks intact. Add the pears to the saucepan and simmer, turning the pears regularly, until soft, about 20-25 minutes. If the syrup is gets too thick and dry while cooking, add a couple Tablespoons of water.

Leave the pears to cool in the syrup and serve at room temperature either plan or with vanilla ice cream.

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8 Responses to “Poached Pears in a Spiced Honey Syrup”

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    Lisa @ Tarte du Jour — June 8, 2011 at 2:13 am

    This looks like an elegant and lovely dessert. Your beautiful photo on Tasteologie brought me here.


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    Lacey @ dishfolio.com — June 8, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Your photos and recipes are great! We'd love for you to submit your stuff to dishfolio.com! :)


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    Shauna — June 8, 2011 at 3:52 am

    I am such a fan of simple, beautiful flavors like this. It doesn't get much better than poached pears!


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    CATE — June 8, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Thanks ladies!

    Lacey- done and done. Just submitted my latest photo to dishfolio… thanks for the reminder :)


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    Rasa Malaysia — June 8, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Mmm… This is a great dish and you have got great colour on the pears! You can also add star anise if you have some, for a even greater depth of flavour.


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    CATE — June 8, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Thanks Bee- I'm a huge fan of your site! Thanks for stopping by :)


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    Meagan — March 6, 2014 at 9:52 am

    My boyfriend and i made this last weekend and I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE it. this is low in calories and wonderfully delicious!! how did we find this you ask? well my boyfriend was searching something on google images about pears and when he saw your photo he was done searching. it was just as delicious as the photo makes it look :) thank you :)


    • Cate — March 17th, 2014 @ 9:33 pm

      Thanks so much for the sweet comment Meagan and I’m so glad that you guys enjoyed them!


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