Zesty Poached Pear in Cardamom-Wine Syrup

February  2, 2011
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  • Serves 8
Author Notes

As I note in my profile, I am a terrible baker. For this week's theme I wanted to bake something for dessert with cardamom. Well, last night I tried to bake orange zest-cardamom scones, great flavor combo I thought. So I began to mix the ingredients in my food processor, but realized I had no eggs and it was too cold to go outside to get any from the store. Being the non-baker I am, I just used water instead of the egg...well it turned out just as you thought, badly! The scones did not rise and I was left with nothing. I then moved on to a dessert that required no baking, poached of my favorite desserts. This recipe is so very easy and such a beautiful winter dessert. Hope you enjoy! I promise, one day maybe I will become not only a chef but a baker as well. —Table9

What You'll Need
  • 4 Bartlett Pears, Peeled and Cored
  • 1 750 ml Bottle of Reisling
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Vanilla Bean, Split
  • 1 cup Apple Cider
  • 1 tablespoon Green Cardamom Pods, Lightly Crushed
  • Zest from 1/2 Meyer Lemon and Juice
  • Palmful of Mint Leaves, Chopped
  • 1/2 cup Dried Currants
  1. In a large saucepan, combine wine, brown sugar, cinnamon stick and vanilla bean. Heat over medium-high and add the cider, cardamom pods, mint leaves and lemon zest. Allow mixture to come to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Rub pears with the Meyer Lemon juice to prevent discoloration. Slice a small portion of the cored end to create a flat surface. Lay the pears on their sides in the poaching liquid. Place a piece of parchment paper over the pot with a hole cut out of it in the center to release the steam.
  3. Increase saucepan heat to a low boil and poach pears for 15-25 minutes, depending on the pear. Remove the pears from the heat and let them cool in their own liquid. While liquid is still warm add the dried currants and allow them to plump.
  4. Serve the pears warm topped with the dried currants and fresh mint sprig for garnish. Add a spoonful of creme fraiche or vanilla bean ice cream on the side.
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3 Reviews

Bevi September 15, 2011
This is so beautiful and I like the ease of serving this to a crowd. Baking is something I am relearning as well.
AntoniaJames February 2, 2011
What a gorgeous-sounding, utterly perfect winter dessert! And such a great idea, to use a Riesling!!! Very, very nice. I know I'll be making this, as it seems to be perfect suited to the hearty fare typically served in the winter. ;o)
Table9 February 2, 2011
Thanks AJ! It is such a simple, yet elegant winter dessert that I think is often forgotten. Hope you get a chance to enjoy. Still trying to pick a date to try your brined pecans with my students. Will let you know how it goes.