Saffron and Vanilla Poached Pears is a delicious and elegant dessert that is perfect for special occasions or as a treat for yourself. The combination of saffron and vanilla creates a unique and rich flavor that is sure to impress. Here's a recipe for making saffron and vanilla poached pears:
- 4 ripe pears (Bartlett or Bosc work well)
- 2 cups of water
- 2 cups of white wine
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 6 cardamom pods
- 2 tsp saffron threads
- 2 vanilla beans, split and scraped
- Lemon juice, for serving
- Peel the pears, leaving the stem intact. Rub the pears with lemon juice to prevent them from browning.
- In a large saucepan, combine the water, wine, sugar, honey, cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, saffron threads and vanilla beans. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Heat the mixture over medium heat until it comes to a simmer.
- Add the pears to the saucepan and spoon the liquid over the pears to ensure they are fully submerged.
- Bring the mixture back to a simmer and reduce the heat to low. Cover the pan and simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or until the pears are tender.
- Carefully remove the pears from the liquid and place them in a bowl.
- Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the liquid to a boil. Cook the liquid for about 5 minutes, or until it has reduced and thickened slightly.
- Remove the cinnamon sticks and cardamom pods. Remove vanilla pods and scrape the seeds back into the liquid.
- Serve the pears warm, with a drizzle of the reduced poaching liquid and a sprinkle of saffron threads, if desired.
- You can also serve them with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, or with some chopped nuts.
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The Saffron and Vanilla Poached Pears can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for a few days. Just warm them up before serving. The poaching liquid can also be stored in the fridge for a few days.
Takes roughly 50 minutes to make.