Poached Pears with Spiced Pomegranate Reduction

Estee Kafra Recipe By
  • Cook & Prep: 1 h
  • Serving: 6
  • No Allergens

Poached pears are a classic. I used pomegranate juice here for a rich color and wonderful addition of flavor. To serve on Friday night, leave the syrup in a bowl over a small pot of water on a hot plate or blech, in a spot that’s not too hot. Cover the bowl almost fully.

Ingredients (11)

For Pears

Spiced Pomegranate Reduction

Garnish

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For the Pears

  1. In a large pot, combine the apple juice, wine, and sugar. Squeeze the juice from the lemon and add it to the pot along with the peel. Bring to a low boil. 

  2. Lower heat to medium and add pears. Cook for about 30 minutes, until pears can be easily pierced with a fork. 

  3. Remove the lemon peel and discard. Cool and refrigerate pears in the juice until ready to use.

Note:

The pears can be made up to 5 days in advance.

For Spiced Pomegranate Reduction

  1. Meanwhile, place the pomegranate juice, sugar, cloves, and allspice berries in a small pot.

  2. Cook over low-medium heat until reduced by half. Let cool. (You may need to reheat a bit before serving just to make more pourable. A few seconds in a microwave should do it.)

Variation:

Try substituting the pomegranate juice with deep red wine for an equally delicious sauce.

To Plate

  1. Plate each pear by cutting the bottom tip off to create a flat bottom so the pear can stand.

  2. Place a dollop of whipped cream at the side and drizzle the pear with the spicy pomegranate reduction. Sprinkle with toasted sliced almonds.

Credits

Photography: Daniel Lailah
Food Styling: Amit Farber

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