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Poached Pears in Cardamom Syrup

Tuesday, 30 May 2017
Hello Dear Reader,

About a week ago I bought "a bucket" of pears from the Rothwell Fruit Barn, they were absolutely delicious, juicy and sweet. The variety was good old Williams Bon Chretien, perfect for eating when a bit soft or poaching while they are still a bit firm to the touch. We have been eating them as part of our breakfast fruit salads and yoghurt bowls, both, just as they are and after they were poached. The gorgeous flavour of Cardamom is sensational with the pears and makes for a divine dessert served with vanilla ice-cream. This variety of pear only require about 7 minutes poaching time, if you leave them any longer they will start to break apart. I do 5 minutes on one side and 2 minutes on the other. 

When we were growing up, our darling Mum would always serve a dessert after dinner. A lot of the time it was a fruit based dessert such as poached pears, peaches and loquats or stewed apples and pineapples or fresh mango, whatever was in season, really. In winter, for one of the desserts, she would make a fruit pudding, with the poached fruit underneath and a light as air sponge on top, and serve it with homemade custard or cream, I can still smell and taste her lovely fruit desserts, she was a really wonderful cook and ran her kitchen very frugally. 

Ingredients for Poached Pears in Cardamom Syrup-120 grams brown sugar, 1 1/2 cups water, 3/4 tablespoon Cardamom pods and 6 pears

3/4 tablespoon whole Cardamon pods

Squish the pods with the base of the glass storage jar, until they crack a little, exposing the seeds, you just gently lean on the jar until they crack. This is a hot tip from the one and only Nigella

Peel, halve and core the pears

In a large saucepan add the water, brown sugar and cracked cardamom pods, bring to a gentle simmer and stir until brown sugar has dissolved

Add pears to the sugar syrup, in a single layer. Simmer, uncovered for 5 minutes on one side

Turn pears over and poach for another 2 minutes or until just tender

Gently pour pears and syrup into a serving dish

Simply delicious!

I love to serve these poached pears with plain vanilla ice-cream and a little of the gorgeous syrup spooned over the top.

What are your childhood dessert memories?


  1. Hi Fiona,

    I just wanted to thank you for your recipes. I've never tried poached pears, but they sound very tasty.

    We tried your Pumpkin and Chickpea curry recipe the other night and it was simply delish - I will be adding it to our menu on a regular basis.

    Thank you ,

    1. Hi Janine, no worries, I love cooking and trying new recipes. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment it absolutely makes my day. Have a lovely day.

  2. I just wanted to say that I have just found your blog, and will go back and read previous entries. I am now retired (but poor following a divorce) and I read a lot of frugal blogs, but yours is the first Australian one that I have now discovered. So it is more relevant to me living in southern australia