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Poached Pears



  • 2 pears peeled and quartered
  • 1 cup apple juice 100% juice
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 vanilla bean split and scraped


  1. Place a large pot over medium heat. Add the water, juice, and spice and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the liquid to simmer and add the sliced pears.
  3. Continue to simmer gently until pears are tender when tested with a fork.
  4. Remove pears with tongs and remove as much of the bits from the liquid as you can.
  5. Put the liquid back on to simmer for 5 more minutes or until it slightly thickens.  Serve a little of the liquid with the pear.

So what’s so great about pears?

Pears contain fibre which assists and sustains a healthy blood sugar level and promotes regularity.

Pears are high inantioxidants, vitamin C (helping you to absorb iron), copper and folic acid.

These are delicious for dessert served warm with natural or Greek yoghurt and a sprinkling of hazelnuts.

They also work well cold for breakfast on top of porridge or muesli.