i made these a couple of weekends ago, just as a quick, light dessert since pears are in season – and they were so good i had to make them again for you guys. i know, i know that pumkpin is the iconic fall thing – and i should be baking loaves of pumpkin bread and things like pumpkin cheesecake squares, but to be honest, i don’t even know if i really like pumkpin – i’m trying not to sound like a hipster but it’s just so over-done. (damn, i totally sound like a hipster) but i do know that i love pears. i love the texture and the juiciness and i like how it has a thin skin and a super high fruit to core ratio. these pears are poached in soft vanilla almond milk, with cinnamon sticks and cardamom. it made my kitchen smell incredible. i used bosc pears that were just ripe, as they are firmer and held their shape better in the liquid. i might make this a weekly thing – there are so many different ways to have them. wine, cider or maple poached; with chocolate sauce, with vanilla ice cream, or with yogurt and granola. adding spices like fresh ginger, whole cloves or mixed peppercorns would be delicious as well. the possibilities are endless! i ate mine with salted dark chocolate caramel sauce i had on hand!
Spice Poached Pears
*makes enough for 4 pears, easily scaled down or up. use your taste buds to make this one, there’s no set recipe!
4 just ripe bosc pears
1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 split vanilla bean
1 teaspoon (or more) cardamom
1. Peel pears from the bottom up, keeping stem in tact.
2. Fill pot large enough to fit all 4 pears with milk and spices – bring liquid to a simmer and add pears. Add a little bit of water if your pears aren’t fully covered.
3. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes (depending on how big your pears are), until a knife can pierce through with ease.
4. Remove from liquid and enjoy with basically anything. If not eating right away, remove pot from heat and let them cool in their liquid to prevent them from turning brown.