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Poached pears in vanilla syrup

10 - 14
PersonalPoints™ per serving
Total Time
35 min
10 min
25 min
Poaching is a great way to cook fruit that is not quite ripe. The liquid can be reduced to make a luscious sweet syrup.


Caster sugar

½ cup(s), (110g)

Cinnamon quill

2 whole

Vanilla bean paste

2 tsp


4 medium, peeled, cored, quartered

Low fat crème caramel

1 tub(s)

Extra light sour cream

1 tbs

Fresh raspberries

120 g, (or frozen)


  1. Place 1L (4 cups) cold water, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, stirring, over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  2. Add pears to poaching liquid. Cook, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until just tender. Transfer pears to a bowl. Increase heat to medium-high and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until syrup has reduced by half. Remove from heat. Strain through a fine sieve into a large jug.
  3. Meanwhile, stir crème caramel and sour cream in a small bowl until smooth. Serve pears topped with syrup, caramel mixture and raspberries.


Squeeze a little lemon juice over the pears once peeled to stop them going brown.