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Saffron Poached Pears

Saffron Poached Pears

Saffron Poached Pears

Recipe By Savory Spice Test Kitchen


4 servings

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.

*To use vanilla beans: split beans in half lengthwise and scrape seeds out from pod with the back of a knife. Use empty pods to make homemade vanilla extract or flavor homemade vanilla sugar.

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


1 1/2 cups water

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups Sauvignon blanc

1/2 vanilla bean of choice*:

4 Bosc pears, peeled

4 sprigs of mint, for garnish

crème fraîche, for garnish

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Madagascar Vanilla Bean Paste

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  • Madagascar Vanilla Beans

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  • Mexican Vanilla Beans

    Our Mexican Vanilla Beans are Grade A, of the highest quality. These gourmet Mexican vanilla beans are plump and pliable. This makes them easier to...

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  • Ugandan Vanilla Beans

    Ugandan vanilla beans are a premium quality. These beans are plump, pliable, succulent, and flavorful. The purchase of these beans supports local f...

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  • Ground Inner Cardamom Seeds Powder

    Grounder Inner Cardamom Seeds are more commonly for pastries, breads and curries, as it provides a flowery flavor and strong aroma that pairs well ...

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  • Spanish Coupe Saffron

    Spanish Coupe Saffron is a decadent, must-have ingredient for taking your gourmet Spanish paella, French bouillabaisse or Italian risotto recipe to...

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  • Saffron Salt

    Saffron Salt is only available in February. Saffron Salt is a vibrant floral salt with delicate vanilla notes that comes in a giftable heart tin, p...

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In a medium pot over medium heat, combine water and sugar. Bring to a simmer, stirring regularly. Add wine, vanilla of choice, Ground Inner Cardamom Seeds, and Spanish Coupe Saffron. Simmer for 5 min., stirring occassionally. 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 creme fraiche and a sprig of mint.