ffwD: Spiced Poached Pears

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.


72 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mary
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 08:38:32

    Oh yes it sounds delicious – they look lovely – I usually substitute agave nectar for sugar or honey where I can – really nice!
    Mary x

  2. Food,Photography & France
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 08:41:43

    It’s the time for pears, and that looks very good.

  3. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 08:41:46

    These must have been so luscious! I love your photo as well.. so pure and beautiful!!

  4. Cher
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 08:47:35

    Totally minor fiddling ๐Ÿ™‚
    I like the thought of serving this with pound cake.

  5. Promenade Claire
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 08:53:43

    Thumbs up from here, although I think I would be tempted with the star anise….

  6. kitchen flavours
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 08:59:49

    Definitely looking thumbs up! Yum!

  7. Ei
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 09:16:54

    Mmmmm. Looks great!

  8. Balvinder
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 09:29:34

    Sounds Interesting to serve spiced pears with vanilla pound cake. I see a lot of recipes using agave but haven’t thought of trying yet.

  9. tokyohamster
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 09:37:38

    Star anise! How interesting! I’m not usually a fan of pears, but mmm those pears look so juicy!

  10. rondamkisner
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 10:01:43

    Yum! Pears are always a winner in my book!

  11. Suzi
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 10:23:00

    I like how you tweaked this recipe and served it over vanilla bean pound cake, yum. The iced tea laced with the poaching really does sound lovely and creative too. Have a wonderful weekend.

  12. Jennifer B.
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 10:40:54

    Your pears look simply delicious with that slice of pound cake. Beautiful.

  13. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 10:41:15

    It seems this recipe admits many tweaks and all have good results. They look wonderful and a bit healthier with the agave! Have a great week!

  14. Tandy
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 11:02:53

    Star anise is my go to spice!

  15. Mitha Komala
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 12:34:17

    i love pears, they are yummy! โค

  16. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 13:25:20

    These look perfect to usher in Fall and a little bit healthy as well. Nice!

  17. Sprout Health Lifestyle
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 13:36:56

    I love that pear season is here!! These look great!

  18. Diane Balch (@DianeBalch)
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 14:41:21

    I love the idea of using the leftover syrup for tea. I wish I used mine instead of wasting it.

  19. Choc Chip Uru
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 14:53:26

    These poached pears look ridiculously delicious my friend thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    Choc Chip Uru

  20. saffronandhoney
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 15:11:39

    Looks wonderful, love the specks of vanilla!

  21. Inger Wilkerson
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 15:48:58

    I would totally have taken out the star anise too!

  22. TrafficDiva
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 16:19:05

    Star Anise with Pears?!?! Eww. Like your changes MUCH better! In a word…YUMMY!! Haha…have a great weekend!!

  23. Caroline
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 16:54:30

    I would have excluded the star anise as well–ick!! I’m definitely a fan of your changes, these sound delicious!

  24. Geraldine Saucier
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 20:09:23

    Pears and Vanilla Bean Pound Cake sounds wonderful. Terrific idea:)

  25. Tasty Mayhem
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 22:30:17

    yea for agave nectar. The anise was very subtle, but I get it, we are not always fans of too much licorice flavor either. Get in the kitchen and whip up some ice cream to go with the next batch! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  26. Jenn and Seth
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 22:31:35

    i love that you paired this with a vanilla bean pound cake – sounds like a wonderful dessert!

  27. greyhousejournal
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 22:36:38

    Darn, I just inhaled 4 Seckel pears that I would have loved to try this with. Although they have such a small window of availability, it would be a hard choice. I agree with skipping the star anise and the agave, why muddy things up? Like the sweetener for iced tea idea!

  28. Janet Rudolph
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 22:48:21

    Yummy and easy.. my kind of pears!

  29. machisan
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 23:37:51

    these will be my favourite.

  30. Trevor Sis Boom
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 23:54:26

    Perhaps the difference between us is that I used the poaching liquid in a vodka martini and you used it for iced tea? But yes, I think it would do just fine as well in iced tea so I will brew up a batch tomorrow as i’m going to make more of these since I just LOVE them for breakfast. My new thing.

  31. Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 06:02:33

    Oh you did a great job! I wish I had those around now. Love poached pears. =P

  32. kitchen therapy
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 06:06:20

    Looks delicious and using the juice for ice tea sounds fantastic!

  33. bakeawaywithme.com
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 06:30:20

    Your pears look lovely sitting on top of that pound cake! My husband cleaned up the kitchen after dinner and dumped the poaching liquid down the drain before I could stop himโ€ฆgood help is so hard to find!! Have a great weekend!

  34. Liz
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 08:41:48

    These would be excellent over pound cake….mmmmmm.

  35. nana
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 09:21:31

    I saved the leftover poaching liquid too. I wasn’t sure what to do with it, but after
    reading all the blogs this morning I now have a lot of good ideas. Glad you enjoyed
    this, we did too.

  36. Smart Food and Fit (@LisaNutrition)
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 12:34:33

    Great low calorie dessert.

  37. Beth (OMG! Yummy)
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 14:46:48

    Hey there! I’m not a licorice lover either so I backed down to one star anise and it was perfect – no trace of licorice but just a bit of something different. I thought about agave but since it’s the Jewish New Year and honey is traditional, I stuck with it. Loved the poaching liquid. Yum!

  38. Amanda Chic
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 14:50:08

    Loving spiced food !! it looks great ๐Ÿ™‚

    A chic kiss ๐Ÿ˜‰

  39. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 14:58:44

    I love that you tweaked the recipe. Looks absolutely wonderful! Something so simple and yet big on flavor! Love it!

  40. rebecca
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 15:40:03

    keep meaning to make poached pears ๐Ÿ™‚ will try

  41. Velva
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 17:42:56

    This is proof that simple is best. This really very nice. I look forward to pear season here in the southeast.


  42. Norma Chang
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 19:28:13

    Pear season is here, very timely recipe.

  43. Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 20:14:32

    What a fitting post for this gorgeous pear season ๐Ÿ™‚ I like to sprinkle mine my blue cheese and enjoy them on top of arugula salad sometimes.

  44. Piebird
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 21:16:27

    what a terrific idea to use the poaching liquid in iced tea after it’s fruit duties are completed

  45. Cakelaw
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 22:35:15

    Looks good! I didn’t like the syrup at first, but after a couple of days, it mellowed to deliciousness.

  46. Chaya
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 02:15:24

    These pears are yummy looking. I am so glad the pear season is upon us.

  47. My Kitchen Stories
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 02:23:58

    I love poached pears they are one of my favourite desserts ,…. with vanilla cake .. just heavenly . Very nice

  48. eatinglikeahorse
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 02:39:26

    I made poached pears once and the smell in my whole house was incredible! These look perfect and I bet having them with vanilla cake was even better ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. libishski
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 05:01:50

    Mmmm pears!

  50. triciaandnana
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 11:11:16

    Would never have thought of using the liquid for sweetening tea – genius !! Nana and I greatly enjoyed our pears. I plan to make them again but will probably involve some booze in the formula ๐Ÿ™‚

  51. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 11:39:41

    Those look fantastic. I love desserts on the light side!

  52. Bonnie (@GlamKitten88)
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 17:29:55

    Mmmm … Spiced pears. They’re so good!

    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  53. Bam's Kitchen
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 19:36:17

    Perfect fall treat. How is your ankle doing?

  54. Beth
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 20:37:09

    Your pears look terrific, and like you, I’d probably skip the star anise.

  55. vianney
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 21:35:45

    served over pund cake~ heaven!!

  56. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 01:57:19

    warm poached pears with a scoop of ice cream – just divine.

  57. WordsFallFromMyEyes
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 05:54:19

    YUUUUUUM! All the way from Australia ๐Ÿ™‚

    My son doesn’t like pears, but this would DEFINITELY bring him ’round. As for apples, he strictly has GREEN apples only. This is just yum.

  58. Recipe Junkie
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 07:03:55

    Pears & vanilla pound cake sounds delicious!

  59. Reem | Simply Reem
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 09:53:56

    Looks Luscious!!!
    I love poached pears… Such a light and delicious dessert..
    Hope your ankle is better now!

  60. Purely.. Kay
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 11:30:57

    I’ve never been a huge one to poach pears person, but I must say these look absolutely delectable. I love it

  61. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 12:06:54

    I’ve never made poached fruits like this but it is very pretty and looks delicious!

  62. Cupcake Crazy Gem
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 12:20:10

    Drool at my screen! these look super delish! love the idea of them being spiced – so perfect for ‘fall’!

  63. sm
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 14:25:07

    sounds delicious lovely

  64. jora
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 16:28:11

    I left out the anise too. Good call on the pound cake! That sounds like an excellent pairing.

  65. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 18:04:19

    what a creative way to enjoy pears!

  66. Audrey Allure
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 20:47:23

    Wish I could eat those right off the picture — yum!

  67. betsy
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 20:52:49

    Over pound cake? Yum! Great idea!

  68. Jessica
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 21:03:40

    It looks and sounds amazing! I love trying new recipes.

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  69. Ameena
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 22:16:48

    Star anise / licorice-tasting anything doesn’t work for me either. Smart tweaks my friend.

    I’ve never had a poached pear before…would love to remedy that soon!

  70. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 07:23:36

    they look like they would just melt in my mouth! WOW

  71. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Sep 19, 2012 @ 17:48:47

    I love these spiced pears, they look so great – especially for fall.

  72. Amanda
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 20:56:25

    Sounds delicious. And I feel the same way about anise! ๐Ÿ™‚

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