Saffron Pears


Saffron Pears
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
17 mins
Total Time
27 mins

I’ve read many recipes for saffron poached pears… This is mine!

Category: Dessert
Quantity: 4 serves
Author: sbaskitchen
  • 4 pears peeled with stems left intact and seeds removed with a melon baller
  • 2 cups sweet white wine
  • ½ cup water
  • 10 strands of saffron
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla bean substitute 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 125 g granulated sugar
  1. Add the white wine, water, saffron, cinnamon stick, vanilla bean, lemon zest, and lemon juice to a saucepan.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce to simmer over medium heat
  3. Add the prepared pears and poach, uncovered, for 7 to 9 minutes, until they are tender, but not mushy.
  4. Use a large slotted spoon to remove the pears and set aside.
  5. Return the poaching liquid to a simmer, add the sugar, and allow the mixture to reduce by half in volume, about 6 to 8 minutes. The syrup is ready when it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove the cinnamon stick and vanilla bean from the syrup.
  6. Arrange the pears on individual serving plates and drizzle with the saffron syrup.
  • Delicious served with vanilla ice cream and maybe a drizzle of chocolate sauce.
  • I love to use Beurre bosc pears, they are not only delicious, but I also love their shape.