Spiced poached pears

spiced poached pears

Serves 6

4 ripe pears, with stems, washed and dried

470ml Riesling, or other fruity white wine

4 tbsp honey

4 cinnamon sticks

2 bay leaves

4 strips of orange zest

To serve:



  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180˚C/gas mark 6.
  2. Cut a thin slice off the bottom of each pear so that they stand upright. Arrange in a 9- or 10-inch baking dish. In a bowl, whisk the wine and honey until well combined, and then pour over the pears. Add the cinnamon sticks, bay leaves and orange zest to the wine around the pears.
  3. Roast the pears for 50-60 minutes, basting every 15 minutes, until wrinkled and soft. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the pears to serving bowls.
  4. Pour the wine mixture into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Bubble for 6-7 minutes until slightly thickened, then drizzle over the pears.
  5. Garnish the pears with the cinnamon sticks and orange zest. Serve warm with a dollop of Ricotta and a drizzle of honey.

Per Serving 235kcals, 1.1g fat (0.5g saturated),45.3g carbs, 31.7g sugars, 2g protein, 6.8g fibre, 0.02g sodium