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Pears Poached with Vanilla

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 30 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 4 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 4 ingredients

I love pears in all their forms, but I especially love them poached. These Pears Poached with Vanilla make a light, delicious, and easy dessert, especially for those on chemo. It allows them to...


  • 4 Bosc pears, peeled, cored and halved lengthwise
  • 4 tablespoons dark amber maple syrup, or to taste
  • ⅓ cup cold water
  • ½ vanilla pod

Nutrition Facts


180 cals


0 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

0 g

Monounsaturated Fat

0 g


44 g


32 g


6 g


1 g


5 mg


  1. In a heavy wide shallow pan with a lid, arrange the pears cut side down in the pan, with the narrow ends pointing towards the middle.
  2. Mix the maple syrup with the water and pour over the pears. Tuck the vanilla pod in between the pears.
  3. Bring the pears to a boil over a medium heat, turn the heat down to low and simmer covered for 20-25 minutes or until the pears are tender, turning them over about half way through. When they are done, turn off the heat and let the pears sit in the covered pan to cool.
  4. When cooled, discard the vanilla pod (see Ann’s Tip), and transfer the pears to a serving dish. Spoon the poaching liquid over them. Serve either chilled or at room temperature. For a special treat, serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt or Mascarpone.

Chef Tips

Be sure to use real maple syrup for this and not pancake syrup, and if you can only find vanilla essence or extract, use no more than a ½ teaspoon.

Vanilla pods are expensive, but you can recycle them after cooking. Rinse and dry the used pods and store for a few days in an airtight jar buried in 1 cup of sugar per pod. This will flavor the sugar with vanilla for future use in baking and desserts, or to add a vanilla boost to a cup of coffee.

Registered Dietitian Approved

All our recipes are created by chefs and reviewed by our oncology-trained staff Registered Dietitian, Kate Ueland, MS, RD, to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and meets the standards set by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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