We’re thrilled to have Jessica Ellingsworth contributing the perfect Fall recipe today! She lives in Austin, Texas with her musician husband, two daughters, and son. She loves makeup artistry, interiors, travel, being in the kitchen with her kids, fashion, and exploring the streets of Austin for inspiration and the best food dives. She concocted this delicious (and pretty healthy!) recipe for poached pears and if ever blog posts needed a scent, today’s the day, because these are incredible!
“When I start seeing eight different varieties of pears at the market, I know Fall has finally arrived. Jessica of Mayvn here, and I am excited to share one of my family’s favorite ways to savor the season: poached pears. I chose Seckel pears because they are a small variety; just a tad bigger than an egg and the perfect size for kids. They are in season right now, and are naturally very sweet. Poaching them in a honey and spice infused liquid will satisfy any sweet cravings without added sugar. This recipe is foolproof — basically one step beyond boiling water — and will fill your home with the smell of vanilla and warm spices. My two year old son, Sam, loves his served with a dollop of plain yogurt!
6-8 Seckel pears (or any variety will do)
2 quarts of water
1/4 c. honey (optional, only use if a sweeter poaching liquid is desired)
1 whole vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped out, save the pod!
2 thin slices of fresh ginger
6 whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
1/2 of a lemon, sliced
Handful of raisins (optional)
Method: Peel and core pears while leaving the stem. I used a melon baller for coring,which made it super easy. Lay the pears in a stock pot and cover with water. Toss in the vanilla (pod too!), spices, and lemon. Cut a round piece of parchment paper to lay on the top. This will keep the pears submerged to ensure even poaching.Bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Add the honey and let them simmer for about 15-20 minutes — the small pears won’t take very long. They are ready when your whole kitchen smells like Christmas. Turn the heat off and throw in theraisins if desired, while the liquid is hot and they will get soft and plump.Serve warm or cold and store in the poaching liquid in the fridge for up to 5 days. My girls love them in their school lunches with extra cinnamon on top.**Note: Spices and additions to the poaching liquid can be adjusted according to your preferences. Try adding star anise, substituting orange instead of lemon, or steeping green tea bags; the options are limitless. These are so delicious, you’ll never want to buy another can of grocery store pears again!**”
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