Cranberry-Poached Pears

Cranberry-Poached Pears
Photo: Andrew McCaul; Stylist: Alistair Turnbull/Pat Bates & Associates
For an elegant seasonal dessert, poach fresh pears in a spiced mixture of honey, citrus zest, and fresh cranberries.


Serves 8 (serving size: 1 pear plus cranberries and poaching liquid)

Nutritional Information

Calories 161
Fat 0.2 g
Satfat 0.0 g
Monofat 0.0 g
Polyfat 0.1 g
Protein 1 g
Carbohydrate 43 g
Fiber 6 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 0.0 mg
Sodium 3 mg
Calcium 18 mg


8 firm, small (stem-on) peeled pears
About 4 cups water
5 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons sugar
1 (4- to 5-inch) strip orange zest
1 (4- to 5-inch) strip lemon zest
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
1 vanilla bean
1 passion fruit tea bag
2 3/4 cups cranberries


Place pears in snug-fitting saucepan; cover with about 4 cups water. Add honey, sugar, orange and lemon zest, lemon juice, and cinnamon stick. Remove seeds from vanilla bean pod; add seeds, pod, and tea bag to pan. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil; stir to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat and simmer (15-20 minutes), until pears are tender when pierced. Add cranberries; return mixture to a simmer until cranberries burst (about 3 minutes). Discard tea bag. Carefully place ingredients in a large bowl; cover and refrigerate overnight. Discard zest, pod, and cinnamon stick. Serve 1 pear with cranberries and liquid in a bowl.