Cider Poached Pears*

We are starting to explore more of Jacksonville and so far it has been a learning experience. On Saturday we decided to go to the Green Cove Springs Farmers Market because it is only a little ways from our place and the website looked pretty impressive. We stopped by the bank, grabbed some cash, and headed off to hopefully a place that sold local honey (our allergies have been horrendous).

Well we were fooled. There was one 80 year old guy with a small table of fruits and vegetables.  So I bought a pair of pears…mainly because I felt bad, but also because I knew I had this recipe sitting at home waiting to be tried! While this dish was great and the pear was perfectly ripe…I am still on the hunt for a great market like the Saturday Morning Market in St. Pete.

It seems like here in Jacksonville they do it Georgia style…set up on the side of the road, with whatever produce you have, and sell it out of the back of your pickup. And I am sooo good with that…but the problem is they move around like gypsies! I can never find the same one twice! So please fellow Jacksonville citizens, inform me of how you do it! I want fresh local produce!! And I want it cheap! 😉



Cider Poached Pears

Yield: 4 servings


1 cup apple cider
1 orange, juice (approx 1/2 cup) of and zest divided (1 teaspoon grated and peel)
1 vanilla pod, split lengthways
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
pinch of salt
2 star anise
2 pears, peeled, halved and cores removed with Parisian scoop (melon baller)
1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 teaspoon orange zest
1-1/2 tablespoons sliced and toasted almonds


Bring first 7 ingredients to a boil. Add the pears and cook at a gentle simmer for 10-20 minutes or until a paring knife inserted into the pears meets a little resistance. Cooking time will be determined by the ripeness of the pears.

Remove from heat and allow pears to cool in the poaching liquid. Once cool, remove pears from liquid and set aside.

Return poaching liquid to medium heat and reduce to a glaze.

In small bowl, combine yogurt with remaining orange zest and powdered sugar.

To serve, slice the pears in quarters from top to bottom, place in the center of four serving plates, spoon over some yogurt and top with toasted almonds.

Nutrtion per serving: Cal: 132 Fat: 1 Carb: 27 Fiber: 4 Protein: 4

Adapted from Curtis Stone


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29 Responses to “Cider Poached Pears”

  1. 1

    briarrose — February 7, 2011 @ 6:45 am

    So pretty. It looks delicious.

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    Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean — February 7, 2011 @ 7:43 am

    so pretty! love that dish :) pears are one of my favorite fruits

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    Ryan — February 7, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    I love your blog! Your photography is great and the recipes look delish! Looking forward to following!

    • Jessica replied: — February 16th, 2011 @ 1:08 am

      Thanks Ryan! :-)

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    Happy When Not Hungry — February 7, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    These poached pears look delicious!! Sorry you have yet to find a decent farmer’s market, but I’m sure you’ll find one soon! So jealous you can still go to a great one… most of the ones around D.C. are closed or very scant during these winter months!

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    Mei Teng — February 7, 2011 @ 9:50 am

    I love poached pears.

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — February 7, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    That sounds delicious and honestly looks too pretty to eat. I’m jealous of you southerners being able to enjoy fresh local produce in the winter. I have to wait until May or June before finding any up here. So sad.

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    Sunit — February 7, 2011 @ 10:25 am

    I love the cinnamon and anise combination! It sounds like it would smell like heaven as well. Hahahaha truly jealous

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    sally — February 7, 2011 @ 10:54 am

    What a beautiful pair of pears! Good luck on finding your fresh and local produce!

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    DeAnna — February 7, 2011 @ 11:05 am

    They look divine! Same thing happened to me and my mother a year ago. She got a big flier about a big farmer’s market in Lutz. At first we couldn’t find it. How hard could it be to find a huge farmer’s market? Finally, we found it in a strip mall of all places. We hesitantly walked inside and there was a little Indian man in a very bare store. There were tables along the walls and on each table little baskets with shriveled up produce. We were shocked and felt really sorry for this guy. How in the world was he affording the rent on this storefront? So, like you, we felt we had to buy something. My mom bought an eggplant. It was so shriveled up you would have mistaken it for a prune. Wonder if that guy is still there?

    • Jessica replied: — February 16th, 2011 @ 1:09 am

      My Mom lives practically in Lutz and I have never seen it! Too funny!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — February 7, 2011 @ 11:35 am

    I have been wanting to try poached pears forever but until now, I haven’t landed my finger on just the right recipe. This, however, looks perfect! Your photos and presentation are just so lovely, Jessica. Great job and thanks for sharing! I’ll have to try this soon.

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    sippitysup — February 7, 2011 @ 11:43 am

    The attention to detail in both the spare and lovely recipe as well as in the photo styling reflects the essence of this sweet treat. GREG

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    Monet — February 7, 2011 @ 11:52 am

    The roving farmer’s market…what a challenge! I’m glad you were able to find these pairs. They look stunning. Thank you for sharing, sweet friend, and thank you for your kind words on my blog this morning. It means so much to have your support! I hope you have a wonderful Monday.

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    Lainey_Elizabeth — February 7, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    Georgia Style – haha! I wish I could give you some advice but I only know of ones in Atlanta….

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    Joanne — February 7, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

    I would totally be frustrated too. I like having my farmer’s markets be predictable and dependable.

    These pears sound delicious! And I love that they are ass-friendly. And have star anise in them. Awesome.

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    Lacey @ — February 7, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

    Beautiful pics and the food looks phenomenal! We’d love for you to share this recipe with us over at!

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    Paula @ — February 7, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

    These look GREAT! I just picked up a ton of pears from our local Costco (they have the best price right now – strange, eh?) and look forward to giving this treat a whirl!

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    Kasia — February 7, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

    OMG those look yum! So want one of those :) Thank you for stopping by :)

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    Paula — February 7, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    These pears looks delicious and your photos are beautiful.

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    Tasha — February 7, 2011 @ 5:50 pm

    I’m in the “learning to love” stage of pears, but this recipe sounds delightful (and your photos look so pretty)that I definitely would want to try this!

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    Anna Johnston — February 8, 2011 @ 7:02 pm

    So elegant aren’t they poached pears, lovely image. Good luck with the hunt to find the perfect market place :)

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    Eva — February 8, 2011 @ 7:28 pm

    Oh my goodness, I’ve never before been so drawn to pears! These photos are incredibly beautiful and the poached pears with anise sounds delicious :)

  22. 22 — February 8, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

    That is just the CUTEST dessert ever!

    vanilla recipes

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    disneypal — February 9, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

    I love pears but have never made poached pears before – these look so good !!

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    Heavenly Housewife — February 11, 2011 @ 9:53 am

    I’ve been wanting to try to make poached pears for a while, but never got around to it. These look so beautiful, and they are a great healthy desert.
    *kisses* HH

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    CaSaundra — February 12, 2011 @ 8:11 pm

    Bummer there wasn’t more at the farmer’s market, but at least you got to make this dish with what you bought–looks great!

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    Eliana — February 13, 2011 @ 11:02 pm

    Man – these look so elegant and delicious.

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