Spanish Saffron-Poached Pears

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Juicy pears are candied in syrup scented with saffron, cinnamon, and lemon in this sophisticated fruit dish.

Difficulty: Easy

Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 1 hour 45 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe pears, peeled, halved and cored
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 strip lemon peel
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ¼ tsp. saffron

Directions

  • Rub the lemon juice on the pears.
  • In a sauce pan, combine the water, wine, and sugar and heat over low to dissolve the sugar. Add the lemon peel, cinnamon stick, and saffron and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the pear halves to the simmering liquid and place a piece of parchment paper over the surface of the liquid. Poke a few slits in the paper to let steam escape.
  • Simmer the pears for 20 to 25 minutes, until tender. (Poke them with a paring knife to test for tenderness.) Remove from heat and let pears cool in poaching liquid. Refrigerate in liquid until ready to serve.

Recipe Information

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe pears, peeled, halved and cored
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 strip lemon peel
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ¼ tsp. saffron

Directions

  • Rub the lemon juice on the pears.
  • In a sauce pan, combine the water, wine, and sugar and heat over low to dissolve the sugar. Add the lemon peel, cinnamon stick, and saffron and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the pear halves to the simmering liquid and place a piece of parchment paper over the surface of the liquid. Poke a few slits in the paper to let steam escape.
  • Simmer the pears for 20 to 25 minutes, until tender. (Poke them with a paring knife to test for tenderness.) Remove from heat and let pears cool in poaching liquid. Refrigerate in liquid until ready to serve.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories200
Total Fat0g
Saturated Fat0g
Cholesterol0mg
Sodium0mg
Total Carbohydrate52g
Dietary Fiber6g
Sugars41g
Protein1g