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Cardamom Poached Pears

Poached pears spiked with a hint of cardamom exude elegance without much work at all. Even better, kids can participate in almost all of the steps, which makes it a fun recipe to make as a family.

  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 8 green cardamom pods, smashed
  • 4 pears, preferably Anjou, peeled and cored


  1. Step 1

    Combine the sugar and 5 cups of water in a saucepan large enough to hold the pears. Add the cardamom, then bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

    Sous Tip:

    The step above can easily be done by your little kitchen helper. Just watch over them when turning on the flame.

  2. Step 2

    Add the pears and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for about 8 minutes, or until a thin-blade knife inserted into the pears meets little resistance. Remove from the heat, and let the pears cool in the liquid for 30 to 60 minutes (do not refrigerate).

  3. Step 3

    When cooled, remove the pears, reserving the cooking liquid. Finely dice the pears and set aside. Strain the cooking liquid, discarding the cardamom, then return the liquid to the heat and boil until it’s reduced to a slightly thick syrup, about 20 minutes. Allow to come to room temperature. Drizzle over the pears and serve immediately as a stand-alone dessert or alongside any simple cake.

    Sous Tip:

    Kids will likely be fascinated by the syrup reduction. Use it as an opportunity to explain the science of evaporation.