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Festive Dessert: Poached Pears

The festive season brings with itself so much sweetness in our lives. Like literally. A meal is incomplete without a dessert in most Indian households, especially when the festive season is in full swing!

We have invited food bloggers to share their favorite dessert recipes with us this month and here’s the second one in the series. Click here for the first one. Time : 45 minutes Course : Dessert Servings : 6-8 Author : Jyotsna Sharma


Medium-sized pears (4)

Medium-sized lemon (1)

Sugar (1/2 cup)

Cinnamon sticks (2-3)

Saffron (few strands)

Sea salt (a pinch)


Replace sugar with a natural sweetener such as honey and adjust the amount according to your preference, says Jyotsna

1. Zest some lemon in a bowl and mix it with the pinch of sea salt and sugar. Add this to a saucepan along with a cinnamon stick, and stir regularly on low heat. You can also add clove and star anise here.

2. Now cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the saucepan. Keep stirring.

3. When the sugar starts to melt, add the pears and cover the pan.

4. Reduce the heat and simmer the pears for 25-30 minutes, or until tender.

5. When the syrup thickens (reduced to almost half), switch off the heat and take the pears out.

6. Place them on a plate, discard the whole spices and drizzle the poaching liquid (syrup) on top.

7. Garnish with cinnamon powder, some whipped cream or a dash of nutmeg before serving.

About the author

Jyotsna is a diehard foodie with a special place for her home state Rajasthan and its cuisine in her heart. She was always surorunded by mouth-watering food and sweets during her childhood. Now with a teenage daughter in the house, she experiments with her traditional knowledge and combines it with the modern to dish out delectable food. She shares her original recipes on her blog, and treats her followers to a taste of her yummy life.

Follow her blog Bhaatdaal for more such fun and healthy recipes, and at the following handles

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(Next recipe – Chai-spiced Honey Apple Cheese Galette)

– Edited by Anushka Bhartiya, Editor-in-chief

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