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Simple, but Decadent, Poached Pears

Today it poured and poured outside, only to have full sunshine a few hours later. I love days like this. I think the rain soothed my little man into an almost 3-hour nap. These poached pairs didn't even take a small fraction of that time to prepare.

The first thing that captured me about this dessert is the way it looks. Pears are so beautiful. They look beautiful. They taste beautiful. I originally wanted to make the Poached Pears/Pear Compote earlier this week, but the pears were taking their sweet time ripening. They were well worth the wait.

The second thing I noticed was the star. What is that? I quickly looked through the ingredients - it's called the Star of Anise. I couldn't find it at two of my local supermarkets. A friend told me to head on over to the Latino Market, and that's exactly where I found them (about 10 stars for 74 cents). The star of anise coupled with the cinnamon smelled just like Christmas wassail. It was absolutely wonderful. When the buzzer went off in my kitchen to take the pears off the stove, I didn't want to because they smelled so good as they simmered away. 

I love how simple the ingredients are. The pears tasted sweet, with the subtle zing of cinnamon and comforting warmth of the anise. I think that even though these taste like the holidays, they're perfect for summer because they're served cold. And oh how refreshing they are that way! I think these would serve well after a big meal. They're not heavy at all, but have enough light sweetness to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Simple, but Decadent, Poached Pears
recipe from Cooking Tackle

2 Asian Pears
3/4 C water
2 T sugar
1 T lime/lemon juice
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
pinch of salt

Peel the pears and halve lengthwise. Use a melon baler to remove the core from each half of the pear. Combine the pear, water, star anise, cinnamon, lime juice, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low. Simmer for 14-20 minutes (could me longer, depending on how ripe your pears are. Mine took about 30 minutes because they weren't quite ripe). Do not stir. Cool, refrigerate, and serve chilled.
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  1. Excuse me Blondie - you forgot to add "drool" - wow these are perfect!

  2. Gorgeous photos!! This looks like the perfect light and delicious dessert =)

    1. Thanks so much Oishii! I'm such a newbie when it comes to photography. I'm a little intimidated that you're following my blog - mostly because your pictures are so lovely. Thanks for following, though! It's great motivation!

  3. I have never tried my hand at baking.. This could be a good start! Visiting from the link up party at tatertots and jello!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! These were such a simple, but tasty dessert! You'll love it!

  4. It maybe simple to make, but it looks AWESOME !!

  5. This is BEAUTIFUL! I'm trying it~ Thank you!!!

  6. Those look AMAZING!!!

    Just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award!

  7. Lovely click, makes you want one asap :)

    1. Thanks so much - it was easy to take a picture of these guys, they were just so pretty!

  8. These look great, I must add them to my repertoire!

  9. Seriously, these look so wonderful! Thanks for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday. Hope to see you again next week! -The Sisters

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    1. Thanks so much Heather - and I've added myself on your cute blog.

  11. Thank you so much for linking up this yummy pear recipe (looks so good!!) at my Unveil Your Genius link party last week. I hope you'll link up again soon!

  12. Those are beyond gorgeous and they look delicious!

    1. Dorothy!! Thanks for visiting! They were so tasty - I just loved how easy they were - really yummy way to have pears!

  13. Hi,

    I’ve started My Sweet Party, where I every month host a party with a theme (MAY theme is CHOCOLATE). The party is ongoing the entire duration of the month and then I will choose my top three favourites and feture those blogs. I would LOVE you to join My Sweet Party!

    The last day to link up for May is the 31st of May.



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