Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Poached Pears with Creme Anglaise

Poached pears with creme Anglaise.
These poached pears are sweet AND healthy.  Your kids will love this dessert, and you can serve it knowing it is good for them.  This recipe, adapted from Williams-Sonoma's Christmas cookbook, features fresh pears fortified with milk, eggs and the juice and seeds from the Pomegranate fruit.  They were so scrumptious, my youngest son had two of them today. 
Poached pears with creme Anglaise, ingredients.
8 to 10 firm but ripe Bartlett pears, bottoms trimmed so they stand upright
6 cups bottled pomegranate juice
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

Zest and juice from 1 lemon
1 cinnamon stick
Seeds from 1 pomegranate

2 tablespoons of orange liqueur, like Cointreau
1 tablespoon of cornstarch 
Poached pears with creme Anglaise, juice for poaching,
Place the pomegranate juice, brown sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and cinnamon stick in a large non-aluminum pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. 
Poached pears with creme Anglaise, peeled pears
Using a vegetable peeler, or a small knife, core each pear from the bottom. Peel the pears, leaving the stems intact. 
Poached pears with creme Anglaise - poaching pears.
Place the pears in the simmering juice mixture, and cook, uncovered for 10 minutes. Carefully turn the pears over and cook approximately 10 more minutes until the pears are soft when pierced with a sharp knife. 
Poached pears with creme Anglaise - ingredients.
While the pears are cooking make crème anglaise.
Ingredients for the Crème Anglaise
2 cups milk
2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
¼ cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Poached pears with crreme Anglaise, mixing eggs. 
Rinse the inside of a non-aluminum saucepan with water.  This will prevent the milk from sticking to the bottom of the pot. 
Pour in the milk.  When the milk just starts to boil,  about 5 minutes on medium heat, remove from the stove eye.
In a small bowl, combine the eggs, egg yolk, vanilla and sugar, whisking until blended. 
Poached pears with creme Anglaise, mixing milk and egg mixture.
Pour half of the hot milk into the egg mixture, whisking constantly until combined.   Return the egg and milk mixture back into the pot. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick; this will take 6 to 8 minutes. Do not allow the mixture to boil!  The eggs will separate from the milk if you allow the mixture to boil and you will not have the desired consistency. 
Poached pears with creme Anglaise, creme Anglaise - checking for doneness.
Mixture should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, and leave a clean trail when a finger is drawn through the back of the spoon.  
Poached pears with creme Anglaise, Creme Anglaise - strainig.
Strain the mixture through a sieve into a small bowl.  
Poached pears with creme Anglaise - Creme Anglaise.
Cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly on the surface of the sauce to prevent a skin from forming, and let cool. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days. 
Poached Pears with creme Anglaise, reducing of pear juices.
When pears are cooked, remove them and stand them upright on one large serving plate or several individual plates.  Remove and discard the cinnamon. Pour about 2 cups of the juice mixture used to cook the pears into a small saucepan. Simmer over medium-low heat until half of the mixture evaporates, about 10 minutes. 
Add Cointreau and cornstarch to the saucepan, whisking until incorporated, and simmer for another 10 minutes.  
Pour an equal share of the glaze over each pear, then spoon some crème anglaise around each one. Arrange the pomegranate seeds around the pear. 

Poached Pears with Creme Anglaise.

The pomegranate seeds are delicious, and are very nutritious.  Follow this link to see an article about the health benefits of pomegranates:


  1. ale piękny deser, ślicznie wygląda, i na pewno świetnie smakuje, super się komponuje z granatem i świerkami w tle...Merry Christmas Izabel

  2. Dziekuje bardzo za tak mile slowa. Ja takze zycze wszystkiego najlepszego. Merry Christmas.