Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Honey & spice poached pear

Only a short post today as I have some French lessons and laundry waiting impatiently for me to get to them.

I love desserts, and I tend to make at least two to three per week. I also tend to be the one who eats 90% of said desserts, and if, like most, they are packed full of sugar, it's not such a good thing. I could scale back to one dessert per week, but I am stubborn and simply have too many recipes to that need to be tried. Therefore, I aim to find a dessert now and then that isn't 'really bad' health wise.
This particular dessert is a single serving of fruit with only some honey to sweeten it, and spices to bring it to life. You can't get a healthier yet still sweetly satisfying dessert.

ease: 5/5.
prep time: 5mins.
cooking time: approx 20mins depending on the ripeness of the pears.
total: 25mins.

taste: 4/5. Simple and scrumptious.

I personally loved its simplicity and subtle sweetness. The spices work like clockwork together to create a warm and pleasant depth of flavour.

I used 4tsp of minced ginger and I doubled the spices (except the vanilla)

My sugar-addicted husband and father said these were a 'touch bland', so for the mouths that don't appreciate subtlety and flavour not derived from sugar, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of melted chocolate and I'm sure they will fall for this dish too. I love it as it is and think it's a fantastic healthier dessert. 

Would I make it again: Yes. This would be great as a sweet treat for kids.

recipe: Honey & spice poached pears


  1. this is definitely an elegant and tasty little treat! the medley of spices is great, and i think i might even be tempted to add some granola or crumb topping to give it a bit of textural contrast. :)

  2. I cant believe how easy it is to make this. Your photos are really lovely.

  3. Sometimes the best food is the easier to make and the one with less ingredient, I often forget this...

  4. ahhh forget those sugar junkies of yours!! I think this recipe is just right for an autumn night! Give it to me with some hot chocolate fudge and I'll be in heaven!!

  5. I personally love subtle flavors and always cut amount of sugar in this sounds perfect to me :)