Roast pork with pear sauce

Roast pork with pear sauce

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 50 mins


Serves 6
You know pork's good with apple sauce, but have you tried it with pears? The sauce is also good with game or duck

Nutrition and extra info

  • Sauce can be frozen

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal553
  • fat34g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs16g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre0g
  • protein46g
  • salt0.76g
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  • 2kg loin of pork, on the bone



    One of the most versatile types of meat, pork is economical, tender if cooked correctly, and…

  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

For the sauce

  • 25g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 4 ripe pears, peeled, cored and chopped into chunks



    Like apples, to which they are related, pears come in thousands of varieties, of which only a…

  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
    Fennel seeds

    Fennel seeds

    feh-nell seeds

    A dried seed that comes from the fennel herb, fennel seeds look like cumin seeds, only greener,…

  • 150ml perry or dry cider



    Cider is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented juice of apples. Apple orchards were…

  • 2 tbsp golden caster sugar


  1. Heat oven to 240C/fan 220C/gas 9. Dry the skin of the pork with kitchen paper, then rub with the oil and season generously with sea salt. Sit the pork in a roasting tin, then roast for 20 mins. Reduce the heat to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5 and continue to roast the pork for 1 hr 20 mins until cooked and skin has turned to crisp crackling. If the skin isn’t crisp enough, turn the oven back up to 240C/fan 220C/gas 9 for a further 10 mins.

  2. While the pork is roasting, make the pear sauce. Heat the butter in a saucepan and sizzle the pear chunks and fennel seeds together until they start to brown. Add the perry or cider and sugar. Bubble everything down until the perry is reduced and has become sticky and caramelised, and the pear is tender and starting to collapse. If the pears don’t break down, use a potato masher to mash into a rough purée. Serve the sauce in a bowl alongside the pork with your favourite side dishes.

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12th Dec, 2016
Wanted to try something different with Pork for Sunday Roast, tried this recipe which is really easy, Wow !! , truly amazing taste. I forgot to put the caster sugar in but the sauce was still "kickin' !!". Definitely cooking this again but next time will use the caster sugar which ii think will make it even better.
10th Aug, 2011
Pear sauce came out well. Sugar goes in with the cider. Crackling came out perfect
22nd Dec, 2008
I made this on Saturday - my pork crackling rocked! Regarding the pear sauce - mine did not come out looking like the picture as I put the fennel seeds in as they came. Don't know if I was supposed to crush them first. Also, the recipe mentions castor sugar but doesn't say when it needs to be added.
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