Poached pears with vanilla and Cointreau®

    1 hour 15 min

    Pears are peeled and poached gently in a sugar syrup to enhance their flavour. Add a touch of vanilla and orange liqueur and you have a deliciously easy dessert that won't weigh your guests down.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 4 firm pears, halved and cored
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 4 tablespoons Cointreau® or other orange liqueur

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

    1. Place the pears in a large saucepan. Fill with enough water to cover the pears by 2.5cm. Stir in the sugar and bring to the boil. Cook uncovered until the liquid has reduced into a light syrup, this may take up to 1 hour. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Cool until just warm, then stir in the liqueur and serve.


    The pears can also be peeled and cooked whole if you prefer.

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    OH MY GOSH!!!! I had 2 fresh pears I needed to use and found this recipe. Just what I was looking for. In fact, I made it again 2 days later with slices of fresh pears , honeycrisp apples and a small amt. of ground nutmeg added. Great with or without the orange flavoring.  -  20 Nov 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I don't like pears and was looking for a recipe to use up some we had on hand. Both my husband and I liked this recipe. I substituted 1/4 cup orange juice and 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar for the Cointreau, and it turned out very good.  -  06 Dec 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Very tasty, everyone enjoyed it. I did not change anything - followed the recipe exactly. Next time, I think that I'll slice the pears instead of simmering halves. Thanks for the recipe!  -  18 Feb 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)