Dessert/ Vegetarian

Spiced Amaretto Poached Pears

Amaretto Poached Pears

An elegant, simple, make-ahead dessert, these perfectly poached pears are infused with the flavour and aroma of Amaretto and spice.

Poached pears are one of the most beautiful photo subjects I find over-running my Pinterest ‘inspo’ board. Poached pears always look stunning, whether they be soaked in wine, spice or liqueur (perhaps even all three).


But I think the real beauty lies in how effortless they are to make.

A ripe pear is an elegant treat in itself. Far removed from the mushy, grainy, tinned variety that you may have experienced as a kid (I know I did), a ripe, in-season pear is equally floral as it is juicy and sweet. With its elongated neck and balletic curves, I just love a good poached pear!

Amaretto Poached Pears

Seriously, poaching fruit is simple and soulful. In my opinion, it’s the best way to let fruit shine without being too OTT. So, let’s take a closer look at how to prove to any dinner party guest that apples rule no more, and the humble pear is the exact opposite of boring.

Pears can be soaked in anything, for all intents and purposes. But this combination of pear, vanilla and almond is undeniably astounding. Enter Amaretto liqueur. It all sounds so fancy, but seriously, peeling the fruit is probably the hardest step in this pear recipe. Once poached in vanilla and spice and then left to soak in Amaretto, the flavours are absorbed and become next-level. And also super-sophisticated, if I do say so myself.

Amaretto Poached Pears

My advice around this pear recipe would be to source Packhams Triumph pears. Not only are they perfect in size, but also firm and juicy, so they won’t turn to mush when soaked… and I like it when sexy things hold their shape. They are also in abundance this time of year.

Secondly, try and make the recipe a little ahead of time. Once poached, the pears need to take a long, relaxing bath in the syrup for a few days to pick up that special almond flavour. Put simply, the flavour deepens the longer the poached pears are left to soak. And who doesn’t want to get the most out of the coin they just splurged on that bottle of Amaretto?.

Amaretto Poached Pears

Finally, it’s serving time. Oh, so many options! Serve the Amaretto pears simply as they are with a generous lashing of that syrup spooned alongside. Or, do that, but then add a silky, creamy, scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and top with crusted pistachios. They would also pear (see what I did there?) beautifully with vanilla rice pudding, high-crowned atop a chocolate and caramel layer cake, or sliced up as a gorgeous condiment on a cheese board.

See? The list is kind of endless. These Spiced Amaretto Poached Pears are soft and fragrant, and really, no matter what you do with them, form one of those beautifully presented desserts that is so incredibly easy to make. You won’t help but feel like you’re cheating!

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Spiced Amaretto Poached Pears

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Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 30 minutes

An elegant, simple, make-ahead dessert, these perfectly poached pears are infused with the flavour and aroma of Amaretto and spice.


  • 4 medium sized, ripe pears (firm is best, try Packhams Triumph or Beurre Bosc)
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 4 tablespoons raw sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split in half
  • 1 star anise
  • 100ml Amaretto almond liqueur



In a medium saucepan, combine the water, sugar, vanilla bean and star anise. Heat until the sugar is dissolved.


Meanwhile, peel the pears, leaving the stems in tact.


Once the sugar is dissolved, lower the pears into the saucepan, cover and gently bring to a simmer. Cook for 20 – 30 minutes until the pears are soft but still hold their shape – be careful not to bring the liquid to a boil.


Once cooked, carefully drop the pears into a sterilised jar, and pour over the Amaretto liqueur. Top with as much poaching syrup as required to ensure all of the fruit is submerged before sealing the jar.


Allow to soak for a few hours before serving, the pears will keep chilled for up to a week.

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  • Reply
    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    April 29, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Just divine – what a beautiful combination of flavours!
    Such an elegant dessert.

    • Reply
      May 1, 2019 at 9:22 am

      Thanks Alexandra – it’s perfect for Autumn!

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    April 29, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    I love love love poached pears – such a delicious and easy winter dessert! And made even better with star anise – yum!

    • Reply
      May 1, 2019 at 9:22 am

      I love them slightly warmed up with ice cream and pistachios – so delicious!

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    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    May 8, 2019 at 5:06 am

    We used to have an orchard and I had an abundance of pears but I haven’t had poached pears since we moved to Florida. Yours look delicious. I’ll try your version this fall.

    • Reply
      May 8, 2019 at 7:16 pm

      Hi Karen! Wow, an orchard in my backyard would be a dream! Let me know how you go with this one when the season’s right, I’m sure you’ll love it!

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