Spiced poached pears in chocolate sauce

Spiced poached pears in chocolate sauce

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(17 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 50 mins


Serves 4

You won't need an excuse to indulge in this updated classic, but if you do, remember that fruit contributes to your 5-a-day!

Nutrition and extra info

  • pears and syrup only
  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal642
  • fat41g
  • saturates22g
  • carbs66g
  • sugars58g
  • fibre6g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.06g
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    For the pears

    • 750g golden caster sugar
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 2 strips lemon zest (use a potato peeler)
    • 1 star anise
      Star anise

      Star anise

      star an-eese

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    • 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways
    • 5 cloves



      A clove is the dry, unopened flower bud of the tropical myrtle tree family used to flavour a…

    • piece fresh root ginger, peeled and sliced
    • 4 ripe pears, peeled



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

    For the chocolate sauce

    • 200g good-quality dark chocolate
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      Dark chocolate

      dahk chok-o-let

      Dark chocolate means the shiny, dark-reddish brown treat produced from the cacao bean, theobroma…

    • 142ml double cream
    • 150ml full-fat milk



      One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

    • pinch ground cinnamon
    • vanilla ice cream, to serve


    1. In a pan big enough to hold the pears snugly, tip in all the ingredients except the pears. Half fill the pan with water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10 mins to infuse, drop in pears, cover and gently poach for about 30 mins until soft. Turn off the heat and set aside. The pears can be poached up to 2 days ahead and kept in the poaching syrup in the fridge.

    2. To make the chocolate sauce, tip the chocolate into a heatproof bowl. Bring the cream, milk and cinnamon to the boil and pour over the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate has melted. To serve, drain the pears and, holding them by the stem, dip them in the chocolate sauce to completely cover. Serve each pear with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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    29th Oct, 2019
    The best part of kilo of sugar for 4 pears? ? ? Why? Just why? The sauce had the consistency of chocolate milk. There is no way the sauce in the picture above was made with that ratio of chocolate to cream/milk. Poached pears and chocolate sauce is forever a great combo just don't use this recipe.
    17th Dec, 2016
    I liked the idea of poached pears, dark chocolate and the spices. But.. -The amount of sugar, as everyone has pointed out, is too much. I used half the amount required by the recipe and it was still too sweet. -30 Minutes was, at least for my rather ripe pear, too long. I couldn't grab the pear by the stem, as it would come off. -The chocolate sauce ...was more of very concentrated chocolate milk, but in no way like a sauce. Was too runny and didn't cover the pear.
    26th Jan, 2015
    Delicious! After reading the comments (and looking at the amount in the recipe!), I used 250g of sugar which turned out well. The poaching liquid wasn't too syrup-y but therefore not too sweet either. It had a lovely subtle spicy flavour to it. I poached the pears the day before my dinner party, so it was a really easy dessert to assemble.
    5th Nov, 2014
    The amount of sugar in the syrup must be a misprint. I assumed it should be 75 grams and used 70g - think next time I'd use even less. I also made half the quantity of chocolate sauce for 4 people and had some left over. This is a really delicious desert which can be made ahead. I'll definitely be making it again.
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    10th May, 2014
    Used about half the sugar which was perfect for me, could take more if you like it sweet. Beautiful recipe and so easy.
    17th Mar, 2013
    I agree with Martha n Henrietta. Too much sugar. Too sweet. Will try next time with half amount. Easy dessert and will make again.
    25th Dec, 2012
    I made this and it was amazing. It tasted lovely and I will definitely be making this again.
    7th Mar, 2012
    Would suggest there is a tad too much sugar in this recipe, perhaps it should read 75 sugar not 750
    22nd Dec, 2011
    For the Christmassy smells alone I'd give this five stars! Used a few less cloves and no star anise as my husband does not like "too much pot pouri". Cooked the pears in le creuset pan and reused the syrup for a second batch! Did not have golden caster sugar so just used white. Vanilla pods are v pricey but the star of the show in this pudding. They add a beautiful flecked appearance and yumminess. I had some trouble with the chocolate sauce as it slid off the pears. I served the pears warm, but will maybe try to cool the sauce a bit first and hope it coats the pear better! Classy,delicious recipe. Merry Christmas!
    30th Oct, 2011
    seems an awful lot of sugar but I will try it this week will let you know


    4th Oct, 2015
    Spiced pears in chocolate sauce Is the golden castor sugar quantity correct at 750g this seems a very large amount?
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