Poached Pears


  • 6 ripe but firm pears such as Anjou, Bartlett, or Bosc
  • Water
  • 4 dates, pitted and finely chopped
  • Juice of one orange
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp grated orange zest
  • 2 TBSP shredded, unsweetened coconut


Peel each pear leaving it whole with the stem intact. Cut a thin slice off the base so it can stand up on its own. Place the pears upright in a saucepan just large enough to hold them. Add an inch of water to the pan.

Place the pan over medium heat and bring the water to a simmer.  Add all the remaining ingredients except the coconut.

Reduce the heat and simmer gently, uncovered until the pears are tender, approximately 12 minutes. Carefully remove the pears and place them upright on a dish(es). Continue to simmer the liquid in the pan until it thickens enough to stick to the back of a spoon. Spoon the glaze over the pears and sprinkle with coconut.


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