Rating: 4.48 stars
21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1

A lovely version of poached pears that I learned when visiting France. The syrup creates a marmalade flavor! It's perfect!

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Ingredients

3
Original recipe yields 3 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, mix together the orange juice, brown and white sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Place pears into the syrup, and cover; simmer pears for 1 hour and 15 minutes, spooning sauce over pears every 10 minutes, and turning pears over twice during cooking time.

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  • Transfer pears to individual serving dishes. Continue cooking the syrup, stirring often, until thickened, about 15 more minutes, then mix in the walnuts. Pour the sauce over the pears to serve.

Nutrition Facts

498 calories; protein 4.5g; carbohydrates 95g; fat 13.2g; sodium 14mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (24)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2011
This was absolutely delicious. I do not know why, but this recipe called to me to be poured over vanilla ice cream a la banana foster. I am so glad that I did. Although I did not change the recipe any, I did use an apple corer to core the pears (easier in my opinion). This also sliced them. One thing I would recommend though is use either less sugar or unsweetened orange juice. Otherwise it will be very sweet. All in all, a wonderful treat. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/20/2011
Taste was nice but pears fell apart. I could not core a pear without cutting it in half so my pear did not look anything like the photograph. Would not try this for guests without testing it ahead of time.. I won't make this again. Read More
(10)
21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2011
This was absolutely delicious. I do not know why, but this recipe called to me to be poured over vanilla ice cream a la banana foster. I am so glad that I did. Although I did not change the recipe any, I did use an apple corer to core the pears (easier in my opinion). This also sliced them. One thing I would recommend though is use either less sugar or unsweetened orange juice. Otherwise it will be very sweet. All in all, a wonderful treat. Read More
(21)
Rating: 3 stars
07/20/2011
Taste was nice but pears fell apart. I could not core a pear without cutting it in half so my pear did not look anything like the photograph. Would not try this for guests without testing it ahead of time.. I won't make this again. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2016
This was delicious. On the suggestion of another reviewer I used much less sugar - half quantities. I was also skeptical about the amount of vanilla extract - I've never used a recipe that called for TABLESPOONS rather than teaspoons of vanilla. So I used half quantity but on tasting the juice decided to add the other half. What a difference it made! The extra vanilla really balanced the cinammon. I would recommend preparing the recipe the night before serving because the pear flavor really comes through. If you are a ginger lover add some chopped crystallized ginger. It really complements the other flavors. Definitely a winning recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2011
A wonderful autumn dish and so simple to make. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2015
I quartered and cored the pears before cooking. They were so delicious on their own but I also ate some with my morning oatmeal with a little of the syrup drizzled over. They would be awesome over waffles pancakes or ice cream too! The tablespoon of vanilla really comes through in the final taste and your house will smell great while the pears cook. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2014
This is so simple and yet elegant. Wonderful flavor would make a nice company meal dessert served in champaine glasses. I will make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2012
oh my goodness...by far the best dessert ive made yet and the kids LOVED it! ( the only thing i changed was the oj..i didnt have the real thing so i used sunny D lol and it still tastes fabulous! ) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2013
I have never bothered to rate a recipe before but this was so good I couldn't resist. I didn't have brown sugar so I substituted a random amount of honey. This was spectacular. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/20/2015
The amount of sugar is too much for me. I suggest reducing the sugar. As written the sugar masks the natural sweetness of the orange and pears. I made these into little Halloween rats for fun. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
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