Fall Fest: Vanilla Poached Pears, With Variations

by in In Season, October 20, 2010
Poached Pears
Vanilla Poached Pears - Photo By Con Poulos/Food Network Magazine

We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Fall Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

Poached pears are the perfect fall dessert: They showcase the flavor (and shape) of whatever kind of pear you choose, and they fill the house with an intoxicating aroma as they steep. I’m making vanilla- and grapefruit-flavored poached pears this week, but don’t stop there — here’s how to poach pears, plus five ways to flavor them.

How To Poach Pears

Poaching is a simple, healthy technique. The first step: Peeling the pears. Leave the stem intact, since you’ll be serving the pears halved or whole.

Peeling Pears
Peeling Pears

Remove bottom stem end with a small melon baller, and continue to scoop up into the pear to remove the core.

Coring Pear
Coring Pears

Place the pears right in the poaching liquid after peeling to prevent discoloring.  To keep the pears submerged in the poaching liquid, cut a circle of parchment paper the size of the pan and lay on the surface of the liquid.

Pears Poaching
Poaching Pears in White Wine

Reduce heat to low and simmer until tender enough to pierce with a knife.

Poached Pears 5 Ways
Use the basic poaching technique for all these sweet variations:

TELL US: How are you using pears this fall?  Tell us in the comments, or join the conversation on Twitter at #fallfood.

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Comments (23)

  1. Stephanie says:

    Thank you for the in-depth lesson on poaching — it seems like such a good way to let a pear shine.

    My contribution to Fall Fest this week is pear ginger jam — lovely on toast for breakfast, but equally lovely with sharp cheese and crackers before dinner.

    Find it here: http://www.dollopofcream.com/2010/10/pear-ginger-

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  4. Kathleen says:

    Love poached pears, must make "pears belle helene" soon. I made two delicious soups with pears for #fallfest this week. http://dejavucook.wordpress.com/2010/10/20/celeryhttp://dejavucook.wordpress.com/2010/10/20/cream-

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