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Test Kitchen Approved

Saffron Poached Pears

Recipe By Savory Spice Test Kitchen

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cooking Time

45 Minutes

Recipe By Savory Spice Test Kitchen

A lavish preparation of pears that will satisfy your salty and sweet craving.

Recipe Notes

Choose firm pears so they hold their shape during the cooking process.

*Saffron Salt is a limited-time offer during February. Missed out? Look out for it next year in-store and online!

Ingredients

1.5 cups water

1 cups sugar

1.5 cups Sauvignon blanc



0.125 tsp. Powdered Spanish Saffron

4 Bosc pears, peeled

1 tsp. Saffron Salt*

4 sprigs of mint, for garnish

crème fraîche, for garnish

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Madagascar Vanilla Bean Paste

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  • Ground Inner Cardamom Seeds Powder

    In the Cardamom Hills of southern India, wild cardamom bushes have grown for some 2000 years. They flourish in rainforests and in some cases can gr...

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Directions

Combine water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring regularly. Add wine, vanilla bean paste, cardamom, and powdered saffron. Simmer while continuing to stir occasionally for an additional 5 min. Cut bottoms of pears so they are flat and can stand upright for serving. Add pears to poaching liquid. Rotate pears frequently in pot, allowing liquid to come into contact with all surfaces of the pear. Cook for about 25 min., or until the surface of the pear is tender and has taken on a golden hue. Remove pears from liquid. Continue to simmer the poaching liquid until it reduces to a syrupy consistency, about 10 min. Pour syrup over the pears and sprinkle with Saffron Salt. Serve with a dollop of crème fraîche and a sprig of mint.