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Poached Pears with Berry Compote

This classic dessert goes perfectly with the vibrant berry compote.

Time 30 mins
Skill Level Easy

Ingredients List

Serves 1
  • 4 pears ripe
  • 750 g caster sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 5 cloves
  • 5 cm fresh root ginger peeled and sliced
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 vanilla bean split lengthways
  • 370 g mixed berries frozen
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar


  1. Fill a large pan with all the ingredients, except the pears. 
  2. Half fill the pan with water and bring to boil. Let the water simmer for 10 mins to infuse
  3. In the meantime, peel the pears and then gently drop them into the water.
  4. Poach for about 30 mins, until soft. 
  5. To make the berry compote, place the berries in a small saucepan over a low heat with the brown sugar and bring to a simmer.
  6. Cook for about 20 minutes, until soft.