Vanilla Bean Poached Pears

Easy to prepare, these vanilla bean poached pears are elegant and won’t leave you feeling weighed down. A treat you can feel good about eating.

Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes

Servings: 3-4


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 3 large pears, peeled, cored and quartered
  • 2 vanilla beans, sliced down the middle (lengthwise)


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, mix water and sugar. Heat until sugar is dissolved. Meanwhile, cut vanilla beans in half lengthwise down the middle.
  2. When sugar is dissolved in water, add pear slices and vanilla beans. Out of parchment paper, cut a round that fits inside the pan to cover the pears. In the center of the round, cut out a small hole (quarter-sized) to let steam escape. Place this parchment round over the pears to keep them all submerged during the poaching process.
  3. Cook at a rapid simmer for 20 minutes or until pears are cooked. They’ll look slightly translucent. Cool completely in the poaching liquid.
  • Yield: 3-4 Servings
  • Prep: 10 minutes mins
  • Cook: 20 minutes mins
  • Ready In: 30 mins
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This recipe was developed by Rachel Gurk of Rachel Cooks