My fragrant poached pears recipe is a simple yet delicious way to enjoy this delicious and healthy fruit.

As the weather cools down and we ease into Autumn you might find yourself looking for a warming sweet treat.   My fragrant poached pears make a delicious dessert or a great addition to your oats or yoghurt for breakfast.    

Pears are such an underrated fruit.  They are full of vitamins, minerals and polyphenols that support healthy eyesight and heart health.   Their prebiotic fibres are well-researched for their amazing gut health benefits.   

Pears are in season in the Autumn months, so this is the perfect time to try a new recipe or stock your fruit bowl full of pears. 

My poached pear recipe also includes some beautiful aromatic spices which add a hint of warming flavour to the poached pears.  These spices have their own amazing health benefits.  They are anti-inflammatory and can help with bowel motility, improve microbiome diversity and relieve flatulence.  


4 pears 

250ml of water 

¼ cup of honey or maple syrup 

2 Star anise (optional) 

¼ of a teaspoon of fennel seeds (optional)

1 cinnamon quill (optional)

1 vanilla bean spilt and seeds removed

Some zest from a lemon or orange 

Cut the pears in half and scoop out the seeds and stalk.    Peeling the pears is optional.  I don’t peel them as the skin contains lots of fibre and pectin both of which are beneficial for your gut health. 

Place the halved pears into a medium-sized, heavy-based saucepan.

Add the honey, spices, vanilla seeds and pod and zest and top with the water. 

Bring to a boil then reduce to a gentle simmer.   Cover the pears and allow to simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.  The time will depend on how tender you like your pears, the type of pears and the size of your pears.  

Remove the pears 

Increase the temperate and rapidly boil the remaining liquid for 3 minutes.  When it reaches your desired thickness, strain to remove the spices and zest.  This syrup can be used to coat the pears when you are enjoying them.  

The pears can be enjoyed hot or cold and will last for at least 5 days in your refrigerator.