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Slow Cooked Spiced Cranberry Poached Pears

  • PREP TIME: 10min
  • COOK TIME: 3 hours 20 min
Step 1

Place the pears in a slow cooker.  

Step 2

Combine cranberry juice, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon stick and star anise in a jug. Mix. 

Step 3

Pour over the pears, topping up with water to completely cover the pears.  

Step 4

Cover with a disc of baking paper to help keep the pears submerged in the poaching liquid. 

Step 5

Cover and cook for 3 hours on low or until pears are tender.  

Step 6

Use a slotted spoon to transfer pears to a bowl. 

Step 7

Transfer poaching liquid to a large saucepan over high heat. Bring to the boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 mins or until syrup reduces by three-quarters and thickens.  

Step 8

Pour over the pears. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight to chill. 

Step 9

Place pears on serving plates and drizzle with a little of the syrup.

Serving Suggestion:

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container, in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days. 

Any leftover syrup can be stored in the refrigerator and used within 2 weeks.


Top Tip:

Reheat pears and syrup and serve warm. Delicious served with a dollop of cream.

  • 4 firm pears, peeled 
  • 1.5L (6 cups) cranberry juice  
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar 
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 whole star anise