Vegan Maple-Poached Pears with Almond Cream

Photography: Tango | Food Styling: Jacques Faucher | Prop Styling: Caroline Simon

  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Total time 45 minutes
  • Portion size 4 servings



In saucepan, combine 2 1⁄2 cups water, 6 tbsp maple syrup, sugar, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and lemon juice; bring to boil. Add pears to saucepan, submerging in liquid. Reduce heat; simmer until pears are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Using slotted spoon, remove pears from syrup and set aside. Strain syrup, discarding spices, and return to pan. Simmer for about 4 minutes or until thickened. Set aside.

In small saucepan, bring remaining maple syrup to boil; mix in lemon zest and almonds. In blender, purée almond mixture; stir in yogurt. Divide yogurt mixture among serving plates; place pear on top. Drizzle with reserved syrup, and garnish with a few extra sliced almonds.


Test Kitchen Tip: Use a melon baller to scoop out the centre of the pears, starting from the bottom.

Nutritional facts PER SERVING: about

  • Iron 2 mg
  • Fibre 4 g
  • Sodium 20 mg
  • Sugars 42 g
  • Protein 4 g
  • Calories 340
  • Total fat 8 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Saturated fat 3 g
  • Total carbohydrate 62 g
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Vegan Maple-Poached Pears with Almond Cream