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easy vegan saffron poached pears recipe

Vegan Saffron & Spice Poached Pears

  • Author: Jess Bunn
  • Diet: Vegan


Silky, light and lusciously-textured, these vegan saffron poached pears are simply addictive. Serve them with coconut cream and toasty almond slivers, and enjoy!


  • 4 medium pears
  • 5 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 180 g caster sugar
  • 1/2 a vanilla pod
  • 1/2 tsp grated ginger
  • Pinch of saffron, or 1/4 tsp powdered turmeric
  • 1 small stick of cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup coconut cream
  • 1/4 cup toasted flaked almonds


  1. Peel the pears, keeping the stalk intact. Crush the cardamom pods with a heavy object or pestle and mortar.
  2. Add the pears to a snug, small saucepan. Add 500ml water, or just enough water to submerge them (try not to go too far over the 500ml, or the flavours will be diluted). Add in the sugar, spices, vanilla and ginger.
  3. Poach the pears on a gentle simmer until just soft (about 1-1½ hours depending on the size of the pears, check them at the 1-hour mark). The pears are done when a knife slides gently into the flesh, with no resistance, but they still hold their shape.
  4. If you have time, allow the pears to cool in the poaching liquid, to fully absorb the flavours. They can be left for up to 4 days in the liquid before proceeding with the next step.
  5. Remove the pears from the liquid. Boil the liquid until reduced to a sticky, pourable, syrupy glaze, (about 200ml). If you over reduce the syrup, simply loosen it with some water,
  6. Place the pears on a serving platter, drizzle in syrup and coconut cream and finish with flaked almonds. Serve immediately.


Chefs Tip: The pears can be served hot or cold. Simply warm them, if necessary, before adding the toppings. 

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: French-inspired


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 1799.25kcal
  • Sugar: 322.87g
  • Sodium: 75.49mg
  • Fat: 41.28g
  • Saturated Fat: 28.85g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 12.18g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 367.9g
  • Fiber: 22.83g
  • Protein: 8.79g
  • Cholesterol: 0g

Keywords: Vegan Saffron & Spice Poached Pears

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