Amaretto Cherry Poached Pears

Poached pears have been a favorite dessert for hundreds of years and have been featured in several historical fiction novels.  They are more easily made in autumn when pears are at the height of their season, but thanks to modern grocers we can get canned and sometimes fresh pears year round.  The term “poaching” may be a little intimidating to some, but this recipe is much easier than you might think!  If you want a sweet treat to enjoy while reading a historical novel set in the 16th to 18th centuries?  Grab a powdered wig, hand fan, and these ingredients.  

  • 4 anjou pears, slightly firm
  • 1 cup amaretto
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons cherry syrup
  • Vanilla bean Ice cream

Peal the pears, cut in half lengthwise, and remove the cores.  In a medium saucepan, combine the amaretto, water, and syrup to a boil.  Then, add the pears, cover, and reduce heat to a simmer.  Allow the pears to poach for 25-30 minutes or until the pears are soft enough for a fork to go through easily.  Remove the pears from the mixture and place in desired serving dishes, the return the remaining liquid to medium-high heat and simmer until the mixture thickens.  Pour the syrupy liquid over the pears, add a scoop of ice cream, and enjoy!