This recipe is simple and healthy. With the combination of warming spices and natural sugars of the fruit, this recipe is a great fall recipe, especially around the holidays: Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Poached Pears


4 ripe pears peeled and cored

1 cup of water

4 oz of apple cider (100%)

Lemon peel from 1/2 lemon

1 tsp vanilla

2 sticks of cinnamon

1 one inch chunk of ginger or 1 tsp ginger powder

3 cloves (or 1/4 tsp ground cloves)

Mint leaves (garnish)

Balsamic vinegar (optional)



  1. In a medium saucepan, mix apple cidar, water, lemon peel, vanilla and spices. Bring to a boil and reduce heat.
  2. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. This way, the flavors of the spices infuse into the water.
  3. Add pears and partially cover and simmer over low heat for 7-8 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and allow the pears to cool in the pot.
  5. When cool, cut the pears half lengthwise.
  6. Serve half the pear with a cinnamon stick and fresh mint leaves on top.
  7. Optional- you can drizzle some balsamic vinegar on the top for flavor and presentation.