Spiced Winter Poached Pear (V)

Spiced Winter Poached Pear

My final recipe for the season is a delightful dessert that can be enjoyed by everyone in the family starting from the tender age of just 7 months. Recipe NUMBER 3… my Spiced Winter Pear.

Based on an indulgent French dessert, this is the perfect end to your baby’s Christmas meal. The poached pear is aromatic, subtle in taste, soft and also great as a finger food. An excellent way to get your little practicing his or her motor skills.

Pears are also rich in fibre and vitamin C, so combined with the cardamom and cinnamon is great for boosting immunity against cold and flu viruses.

SuperFoods included – pear SuperSpices included – cinnamon, clove, cardamom

Makes 1-2 servings. Total preparation and cooking time: 20mins.


  • 2-3 cups of water
  • 2-3 drops of vanilla extract
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • 1 whole clove
  • 1 whole cardamom pod – green
  • 1 ripe pear – peeled, washed, stem left intact


In a pot add the water (there should be enough water to submerge the pear), vanilla, cinnamon, clove, cardamom and stir.  Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 4-5mins.

Meanwhile slice the bottom of the pear so it can stand upright in the pot and add it to the simmering, lightly spiced water. Allow to simmer for a few minutes until tender. Once tender cut into slices (removing the stem) and serve to baby warm. For older children or adults serve with vanilla ice-cream!

Note: You can poach an unripe pear for baby too if you decide to cook this dessert at the last minute. Simply poach it for a longer period of time until tender.

That's all from me this year! Well for the next two weeks anyway....

Hope you and your little ones have enjoyed my recipes so far... See you in Jan 2014!


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