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Spice-infused Poached Pears

I have loved teaching my delicate, festive, spice-infused poached pear recipe over virtual cookery workshops and participants have delighted in preparing and enjoying the dish.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Macrobiotic
Keyword dessert, health cooking, macrobiotic
Servings 4 people


  • Handful halved pecans
  • 2 Pears
  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • Spices: pinch cinnamon/ few cloves/ star anise/ cardamom
  • Zest of an orange


  • Rinse the nuts, place on a baking tray and toast in a heated oven at 180°C for about 8 minutes.
  • Cut the pears in half and remove the core using a teaspoon. Place the pear halves in a saucepan with the apple juice. Sprinkle in the orange zest and the spices. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes with a lid on. Test that the pears are soft using a fork.


Serve topped with the toasted pecans.