Bosc's firm texture makes it ideal for poaching, but you can poach Anjou or Bartlet pears, too. Or play around with different pear varieties and the different poaching liquids in this recipe to find your favorite combination.

Colleen Weeden
Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Blaine Moats

Recipe Summary

15 mins
2 hrs 25 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • In a 5- to 6-qt. pot bring Poaching Liquid to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Add pears. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 10 to 15 minutes or until pears are tender. Let cool in syrup. If desired, serve with blackberries, pistachios, and/or mascarpone cheese. Serves 6.


White Wine Poaching Liquid:

Combine 2 cups water, 2 cups dry white wine, 1 cup sugar, and 2 whole star anise.Nutrition is in the Poached Pears recipe

Red Wine-Pomegranate Poaching Liquid:

Combine 2 cups dry red wine, 1 cup pomegranate juice, 1 cup water, 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, two 3-inch cinnamon sticks, 8 whole cloves, and 4 whole allspice.Nutrition analysis per serving: same as above except 242 calories, 45 g carbohydrate, 33 g total sugar, 9 mg sodium

Citrus-Maple Poaching Liquid:

Combine 2 cups water, 2 cups orange juice, 1/2 cup pure maple syrup, two 3-inch cinnamon sticks, and 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric.Nutrition analysis per serving: same as above except 226 calories, 55 g carbohydrate, 41 g total sugar, 4% Vitamin A, 51% Vitamin C, 8 mg sodium, 4% calcium, 3% iron

Nutrition Facts

313 calories; total fatg; saturated fatg; polyunsaturated fatg; monounsaturated fatg; cholesterolmg; sodium 4mg; potassium 220mg; carbohydrates 64g; fiber 6g; sugar 52g; protein 1g; trans fatty acidg; vitamin a 34IU; vitamin c 5mg; thiaminmg; riboflavinmg; niacin equivalentsmg; vitamin b6mg; folate 13mcg; vitamin b12mcg; calcium 21mg; ironmg.