Poached pears

Poached pears
Poached pears are used in a number of desserts. Here's a method for poaching them that you can use in all your recipes.
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Last modified on: November 22th 2023

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For 4 pears, you will need:

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Stage 1 - 8 min.
Poached pears
Take 4 Pears, peel...

Stage 2
Poached pears
...and drop them as you go into a bowl of cold water to which you've added 3 pinches vitamin C, or if you don't have any, the juice of a lemon.

We do this to prevent the pears from turning brown once peeled, as they oxidize very quickly.

Stage 3
Poached pears
Remove a pear from the water, cut it in 2 lengthways, remove the core (an apple scoop is ideal for this, or alternatively a small spoon), then the tail of each half, before plunging them back into the cold water.

Stage 4 - 10 min.
Poached pears
Do this for all the pears.

Stage 5 - 10 min.
Poached pears
Pour into a saucepan, add 800 ml Poaching syrup and cook over medium heat until a knife blade can easily cut through a pear.

Stage 6
Poached pears
Leave to cool in the syrup, covered, until ready to use.

Your poached pears are ready.
Poaching syrup can be flavored with vanilla, aniseed, lemon zest, etc. etc. Feel free to follow your ideas.

This syrup can be reused several times, and you can even freeze it between uses.

You'll find recipes that recommend using pear trimmings (peelings and hearts) to flavor the poaching syrup before using it. Having tried them with and without, I don't find any marked difference.
Several days, in their syrup, in a closed jar and in the fridge.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
529 Kcal or 2,215 Kj3 gr341 gr1 gr
26 %1 %32 %<1 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
35 Kcal or 147 Kj< 1 gr22 gr< 1 gr
2 %<1 %2 %<1 %
Per pears
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
132 Kcal or 553 Kj1 gr85 gr< 1 gr
7 %<1 %8 %<1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
How much will it cost?
  • For 4 pears : 3.91 €
  • Per pears : 0.98 €

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Note: Be careful, these prices are only an estimate, you can consult the table of prices by ingredients used for this estimate.

Some recipes that use this recipe

Tarte Bourdaloue
Tarte Bourdaloue

This tart is a classic of French pâtisserie. It's quite simple: a sweetcrust pastry case filled with almond cream and pears poached in syrup. Invented in the middle of the 19th century, it gets its name not from its creator but from Rue Bourdaloue, the street where he had his pâtisserie.
31K 1 hour 2 min.
Poire Belle Hélène
Poire Belle Hélène

Poire Belle Hélène is a fairly simple cold dessert. The pears are poached in a vanilla-flavoured syrup, then served on top of vanilla ice cream with hot chocolate sauce poured over.
69K4.7 16 min.
Pear verbena tarts
Pear verbena tarts

Crisp sweetcrust pastry cases, a velvety diplomat cream flavoured with verbena, and slices of poached pears for delicious and dainty pear verbena tarts.
24K 59 min.
Fresh fruit in sabayon
Fresh fruit in sabayon

Fresh grapefruit and / or pears, covered with a sabayon and a pinch of citrus crunch.
278K4.7 55 min.
Rice pudding with chestnuts and poached pears
Rice pudding with chestnuts and poached pears

A rice pudding a bit atypical, no sugar added, but chestnut cream instead, and served in a verrine with diced poached pears.
7,986 1 hour 28 min.
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