If you're looking for a dessert that's a bit on a the lighter side then poached pears are the way to go. Your kitchen will smell amazing when making these because of the lovely fragrant cinnamon sticks. Plus they couldn't be any easier to make. We've kept this recipe pretty simple but you can add these to so many other dishes. For example, porridge and poached pears are a match made in heaven or add it to a savoury dish like a blue cheese salad.
Out of all fruits, pears have one of the highest fibre contents. They contain both soluble and insoluble fibre. This helps to stabilise your blood sugar levels, control your cholesterol and keep your bowel healthy. Pears are also packed with lots of phytonutrients that have anti-inflammitory and antioxidant benefits. Because of this they have been shown to help protect against stomach cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. And antioxidants like vitamin C and copper, can help to boost your immune system. Another antioxidant in pears is called quercetin. This helps to reduce your blood pressure and fight cancer. This is found in the skin of a pear so never peel them!
- 2 ripe pears
- 500ml water
- 40g coconut sugar
- 2 TBSP maple syrup
- 1 stick of cinnamon - broken into 2 pieces
To decorate we used:
- Greek yoghurt with a drop of vanilla bean paste
- Drizzle of 85% dark chocolate
- Crushed macadamia nuts toasted with some cinnamon powder
- Leftover syrup
- Add the water, coconut sugar, maple syrup and cinnamon stick to a a pot on a low heat.
- Half the pears and remove the core with a teaspoon.
- Place the pears in a pot and cover with the lid.
- Leave to poach for 15 minutes.
- Remove the pears and leave the liquid to cook for 10 minutes on a high heat.
- Cover the pears with a few spoons of this liquid when serving.
- Top with whatever you'd like - we used dark chocolate, yoghurt and crushed macadamia nuts.