Saffron Poached Pears Saffron Poached Pears

Photography: Maya Visnyei | Food styling: Michael Elliott/ | Prop styling: Renée Drexler/The Props

Sweet and sophisticated, these pears get their stunning golden hue from a hint of saffron.

  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Total time 3 hours & 30 minutes
  • Portion size 6 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine



Cut circle of parchment paper slightly smaller than base of large pot; set aside.

In same pot, bring sugar, cardamom pods, orange zest, ginger, cinnamon stick, saffron and 8 cups water to boil over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves.

Meanwhile, peel pears, leaving stems intact. Using melon baller or teaspoon, core each pear through bottom. 

Reduce heat to simmer. Add pears; place parchment paper circle over top, pressing directly on pears. Place small lid over top to keep pears submerged. Return to simmer; cook until tender in centre when pierced with knife, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool in syrup, about 3 hours. 

Using slotted spoon, transfer 1 pear to each bowl; drizzle 3 tbsp of the syrup over top each pear.

Nutritional facts PER SERVING: about

  • Fibre 5 g
  • Sodium 2 mg
  • Sugars 27 g
  • Protein 1 g
  • Calories 147
  • Potassium 164 mg
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Saturated fat 0 g
  • Total carbohydrate 36 g


  • Iron 2
  • Folate 4
  • Calcium 2
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