Cider Sunday - Spiced Cider Poached Pears

As a child I often enjoyed poached fruit with custard or ice cream for dessert when I visited my nan. Rhubarb was a firm favourite, but then I have never been overly fussy when it comes to dessert. If it's sweet I'll eat it. 

Pears are currently in season so they are perfect for this recipe. In terms of nutrition they are low GI, packed with fibre, and can help lower cholesterol.

This week's Cider Sunday features a super easy recipe using flavoured cider. Now you can use any cider you wish for this recipe just make sure it has a decent amount of sugar so you don't have to add any extra. 

Spiced Cider Poached Pears 
An Original Recipe by The Food Mentalist
Serves 4

2 pears ( Packham or Bosc) 
250ml of cider ( I used Three Oaks Apple Cider w/ Cinnamon & Vanilla)
1 vanilla bean ( scraped)
2 cloves ( optional)

Peel, core and slice the pears into quarters and place in a saucepan. Top with cider and add the vanilla bean and cloves. Make a cartouche ( see video below) and place on top of fruit. Bring to a simmer over a low heat and cook for about 60 minutes or until the fruit is tender when pressed with a knife.

Enjoy served with a little of the cider poaching liquid, warm custard, yogurt or ice cream.


  1. Sounds delicious, Erin! Hope you don't mind I've shared this on my FB page.

  2. This is the perfect seasonal recipe for the pears that I'm seeing at the markets! :D

  3. Great recipe, thanks! I'll give it a go and serve them with double cream.


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