Saffron cardamom poached pears

I’ve always been utterly fascinated by poached fruits. How amazing to witness plain jane fruits transform into something so magical, just by simmering in sugar syrup and spices. Pear, in particular, has always been a favourite choice for poaching.

I chose some gorgeous spices to poach these beautiful pears. Cardamom, saffron and star anise. Wish you could enter my kitchen and experience the aromas. I am absolutely thrilled at the result.

A few scoops of vanilla ice cream mixed with some homemade nut brittle and they are ready to be devoured. You certainly need to chill these for a few hours and dig in when midnight cravings come unannounced.


4-5 crunchy pears (peeled)
3-4 cups of water
1 cup of granulated sugar
3-4 strands of saffron
3-5 star anise
3-4 pods of cardamom


In a large pan, add the water and sugar and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Add the spices and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the peeled pears in the pan and simmer on low flame for 20-25 minutes.

Let the pears cool. Chill for 3-4 hours in refrigerator and serve with vanilla ice cream and crushed nut brittle.


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