I like to think of myself as a rather elegant and sophisticated person. I like to dress nicely. I never put my elbows on the dinner table. I write thank you notes and use snail mail to send them. I say please and thank you.
Okay, so there’s also the side of me that is goofy and clumsy. I stumble in my high heels. I dance like a maniac to Shake it Off. By the way, on a side note have you heard Shake it Off? And watched the video? I’m OBSESSED! With such a positive message, I am more of a Taylor Swift fan than ever. Anyway, I always seem to get food on my clothes. And the exact moment I don’t want my nail polish to chip off, it does.
But that’s life. My dessert life is equally as divided. I love a good peanut butter cookie and handful of puppy chow. But I also like fancy desserts. And it doesn’t get fancier than Poached Pears. You’ll be surprised at how easy they are to make. It’s a simple process that can be done ahead of time to serve later.
Though I made a small portion of this recipe, more pears can easily be added to serve a crowd. This would be such a great recipe to serve at a dinner party. It is also vegan and gluten free, making it even more party friendly. Everyone can enjoy it!
Frog Hollow Farm was kind enough to send me their Warren Pears to work with for this recipe. While they are delightful eaten out of hand, they poached beautifully, taking on a soft, not mushy, texture and absorbing the cinnamon and vanilla flavors.
While this recipe will work with any pears, Frog Hollow’s Warren pears are quite a treat. In addition, they are supporting National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. They have partnered with the American Heart Association and are donating $1 to the Association for every order placed on their website through the end of the month. I love when companies support a good cause! This is even more reason to check out Frog Hollow’s pears or some of their other produce!
2 Warren Pears, peeled, halved, and cored
3 cups water, more if needed
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
¼ cup packed brown sugar, light or dark
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean split and scraped
In a medium saucepan, stir together water, cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat, then reduce to a simmer.
Add the pears and be sure they are fully submerged. Simmer, covered, for 15-20 minutes, until a knife is easily inserted into the pears. Place the pears into a bowl and pour the liquid over them. Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled. Pears may be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 days.