Poached pears with raspberry coulis

    40 min

    These dessert pears are delicious, inexpensive and very simple to prepare. This recipe is accompanied by a raspberry coulis but you easily vary the tasty pleasures and prepare a strawberry or blackberry coulis instead!

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    Serves: 4 

    • Pears
    • 1.5L water
    • 150g caster sugar
    • 4 pears - peeled, cored and cut into slices
    • Sauce
    • 300ml water
    • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 100g raspberries
    • juice of 1/2 lemon

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:40min 

      To poach pears:

    1. In a saucepan bring 1.5 litres water and 150g sugar to the boil and cook for 5 minutes, stirring, until mixture forms a syrup; remove from heat. Place pears in this syrup and place over a medium heat. Simmer gently, without boiling, for about 15 minutes, or until pears are tender.
    2. To make raspberry sauce:

    3. In a saucepan simmer the 300ml water with 2 tablespoons sugar, then add the raspberries and lemon juice; cook for 5 to 10 minutes. Crush raspberries, purée, then press through a sieve to remove any remaining pulp.
    4. Pour a layer of coulis onto serving plates and then arrange the pears on top while still hot. Serve warm or cold.


    To make this dessert just a little more decadent, serve with sweetened mascarpone, creme fraiche or vanilla ice cream.

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