Poached Pears

Of course we have to do something with pears, since they’re such a good price this week.  I think we’ll use these for a simple dessert and maybe a salad.

Poached Pears

Poached Pears

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

These pears are light and oh so yummy. The syrup is unbelievable.


  • 1 cup dry sherry
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 slices ginger
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 Bartlett pears, not fully ripe, cut in half and cored
  • Cream Cheese Topping
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 TBSP cream
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. In a saucepan just big enough to hold 4 pear halves, combine and bring to a simmer sherry, water, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, and brown sugar.
  2. Add pear halves, cut side down into simmering liquid.
  3. Simmer for 20 minutes or until tender.
  4. Cool pears in liquid.
  5. When cool, remove pears, and boil liquid down (reduce) until there's only about 2/3 cup of it left. It will be syrupy. Let the syrup cool.
  6. Drizzle a pear half with the syrup and serve with whip cream or make a cream cheese topping.
  7. Cream Cheese Topping
  8. Combine cream cheese, cream, honey, and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Adjust sweetness if necessary.
  9. Serve a dollop with each pear half. And for a little extra something place a broken piece of a chocolate bar in it!