Poached pears are versatile additions to any meal. Prepared in advance, they bring home-cooked goodness to the table even when you're in a hurry.
Step 1: Select pears Select ripe pears, keeping in mind Bosc, Anjou, and Bartlett pears are the best varieties for cooking.
TIP: Place pears in a paper bag at room temperature to hasten the ripening process.
Step 2: Wash and core Wash and core the pears, slicing a small section from the bottoms so they will stand. Then peel them if you desire a skinless treat.
TIP: Hollowing pears before cooking allows you to fill cooled pears with ice cream or your favorite cheese.
Step 3: Place in pan Place pears in a pan of boiling water or wine, adding complementary flavorings of your choice such as vanilla, herbs, and spices.
TIP: Add fresh orange and lemon juices to the water for extra flavor.
Step 4: Cook Cook pears on medium-low heat for 15 to 30 minutes or until the pears are soft and tender.
Step 5: Remove from heat Remove the pears from the heat and allow them to cool in the cooking liquid.
Step 6: Remove from liquid Remove the pears from the liquid, and then place them in a container and refrigerate for at least two hours.
Step 7: Use liquid Use the cooking liquid to make a sauce to spoon over your poached pears. Top or stuff the pears with your choice of ice cream or cream cheese if you desire, but they require nothing more to enhance their silky texture and captivating sweet flavor.
FACT: More than 3,000 varieties of pears are grown in the world.