Saffron and Vanilla Poached Pears, w Chocolate Gelato

Saffron and Vanilla Poached Pears, w Chocolate Gelato

This is a delicious dessert combo or use the pears as an, elegant spiced accompaniment that you can serve with your next cheese plate.

Prep Time:70 minutes

Cook Time:30 minutes

Serves:4 person


Optional * 2 tsp Vanilla & Star Anise extract



  1. Soak the saffron in warm water and leave for an hour. (unless you are using Saffron Extract)
  2. Combine vanilla bean (or extract), saffron, wine, sugar, lemon juice, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves.
  3. Increase the heat and bring to a simmer.
  4. Gently add pears and enough water to completely submerge pears. Cover saucepan with a lid that is left sightly ajar and simmer, turn pears occasionally with a slotted spoon, for 30 minutes, until pears are tender. Using a slotted spoon, carefully remove pears from the saucepan and transfer to a plate. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
  • The pears can be poached up to 24 hours ahead. Keep them in the poaching syrup in the fridge
  • Serve with homemade chocolate gelato ( using Equagold dutch cocoa) and a ginger wafer
  • Reduce left over syrup it down to a thicker consistency, and use it drizzled over any dessert, of any description
  • Stir left over syrup it into porridge for breakfast, or soak the oats in it overnight and serve with unsweetened yoghurt
  • Simply pour left over syrup ice, add soda (and vodka if so inclined)

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