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Saffron-poached pears

Saffron-poached pears

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Serves 4

Cooks In2 hours 15 minutes plus cooling

DifficultyNot too tricky

Nutrition per serving
  • Calories 339 17%

  • Fat 0.4g 1%

  • Saturates 0.0g 0%

  • Sugars 82.2g 91%

  • Salt -g 0%

  • Protein 1.1g 2%

  • Carbs 82.5g 32%

  • Fibre -g -

Of an adult's reference intake


  • 4 medium pears
  • 10 cardamom pods
  • 320 g caster sugar
  • ½ a vanilla pod
  • 100 mg saffron
  • 1 small stick of cinnamon

Recipe From

Jamie Magazine

By Terry Noonan


  1. Peel the pears, leaving the stalk intact. Crush the cardamom pods.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan with 1 litre of water, bring to a simmer and gently poach the pears for about 2 hours or until tender. Remove from the heat, allow to cool, then refrigerate overnight to steep.
  3. Before serving, remove the pears and set aside to bring to room temperature.
  4. Boil the syrup until reduced to a sticky glaze, about 250ml. Drizzle about 2 tablespoons of saffron glaze over the pears, then serve with ice cream or cream.

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