Recipe: Spiced Honey Poached Pears

Last updated: December 3, 2020, at 2:45 p.m. PT

Originally published: December 3, 2020, at 1:17 p.m. PT

Poached pears with honey and cinnamon

This sweet treat uses all whole food ingredients that will satisfy your sweet tooth with zero guilt!


  • 2 cups of water
  • ¾ cup honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 whole star anise
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 pinch of sea salt
  • 4 firm but ripe pears, peeled, cored, and halved
  • ½ whole milk plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Bring water, honey, cinnamon stick, anise, cloves, anise, lemon, and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan.
  2. Add pears, cover, and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for 5-10 minutes or until tender. Less ripe pears will need longer cooking time.
  3. Gently remove pears from the liquid and set aside. Bring mixture to a boil and reduce until thickened and syrupy – about 15 minutes. Set aside to cool. Strain out spices and discard.
  4. Remove 1-2 tablespoons of the syrup and whisk into yogurt.
  5. Serve pears topped with a dollop of sweetened yogurt and dust lightly with ground cinnamon.


  1. To serve whole poached pears, carefully use a small spoon to remove the core by scooping it out from the base of the pear. Leave the stem on and increase the cooking time until tender – about 30 minutes.
  2. Make one day ahead by pouring reduced syrup over pears and store in the fridge until ready to serve for a more intense flavor.

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