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Orange Flower Scented Poached Pears

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 15 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 4 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 6 ingredients

Orange Flower Scented Poached Pears are sophisticated treat for anyone on a bland diet, and equally a treat for those who are not. They taste almost perfumed. The aroma while they are cooking is out...


  • 4 Bosc Pears
  • 1 tablespoon orange blossom honey
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (you can use less depending on the ripeness of the pears)
  • 1/4 cup orange flower water
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 strip of orange zest (about 1/2″ x 1″) thinly sliced into thin julienne strips
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Nutrition Facts


167 cals


0 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

0 g

Monounsaturated Fat

0 g


41 g


30 g


6 g


1 g


3 mg


  1. Peel the pears and cut them in half lengthways. Scoop out the cores with a teaspoon. Make sure you cut away the hard remains of the flower at the bottom of the pear. Arrange the pears in a circle inside the pan, cut sides down, thin ends towards the center.
  2. Pour over the pears:- all the honey, 1/2 the sugar, all the water and the orange flower water. Scatter the strips of orange zest over the pears. Put the pan over a medium high heat until the liquid starts to boil. Turn the heat down to low. Cover the pan and poach at a low simmer until the pears are tender, about 1/2 hour. Baste the pears with the syrup from time to time.  About halfway through the cooking, check the liquid for sweetness and add more of the remaining sugar if desired and a little more water too if the pears look dry. Note: the syrup should be light, not thick and sticky.
  3. When the pears are just tender, turn the heat off, and leaving the lid on, let the pears cool in the pan. They will continue cooking and give out more of their juices as they steam. Arrange the pears on a serving dish cut side up. Serve chilled or at room temperature with the syrup and zest spooned over the fruit, and with Greek yogurt on the side.

Chef Tips

In step 3, about halfway through cooking I sometimes flip the pears over for even cooking.

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