Spiced Cranberry Poached Pears


Spiced Cranberry Poached Pears

Author Soosie @PDD


  • 6 cups cranberry juice
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks broken
  • 1 vanilla bean split
  • 1 tsp ground star anise
  • 6 firm ripe pears


  • Place cranberry juice, sugar, cinnamon sticks, vanilla bean and star anise in a large, shallow saucepan. Stir over a low heat until sugar dissolves. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  • Peel pears and remove core from base with a teaspoon. Place in poaching liquid. Cover with a circle of non-stick baking paper – this helps to keep the pears submerged – and then sauce pan lid. Reduce heat to low and cook for 40-60 minutes, turning occasionally, until pears are tender.
  • Transfer pears to serving plates with a slotted spoon. Spoon over some of the syrup and serve with cream, if desired.