After the success I had with Dorie’s peach melba recipe, I was eager to try her spiced poached pear recipe. However, it wouldn’t be me unless I tweaked the recipe just a bit. And, of course, the first ingredient on the chopping block was the star anise. Licorice flavor? No way. I also skipped the honey and used organic agave nectar. Other than that, I actually stayed on par with the rest of the recipe and served the pears over slices of vanilla bean pound cake. I even reserved the leftover poaching liquid to use as sweetener for iced tea. Thumbs up to this week’s recipe!
These spiced poached pears were made as a part of French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.