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Poached Pears

Pears simmered for hours in sugar and water, flavored with green cardamom and rich saffron. The fruit is poached and served with fresh cream or ice cream.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 14 hours 5 minutes


  • 4 pears
  • 10 cardamom pods
  • 325 gms sugar
  • Few strands saffron


  • Peel the pears, leaving the stalk intact.
  • Crush the cardamom pods.
  • Combine all the ingredients in a pan with about 1 litre of water, bring to a simmer .
  • Add the pears to this and poach the pears for about 2 hours or until tender.
  • Remove from the heat, allow to cool, keep covered for a couple of hours ,preferably overnight.
  • Remove the pears from syrup .
  • Boil the syrup until reduced to a sticky glaze, about 250ml.
  • Drizzle about 2 tablespoons of saffron glaze over the pears.
  • Serve with ice cream or cream.