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Spiced Poached Pears with Caramel and Ice Cream
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Spiced Poached Pears with Caramel and Ice Cream

A tasty fruit dessert with a sweetness that's sure to please.

  • Prep Time
    15 minutes
  • Cook Time
    35 minutes
  • Serves
  • Experience


  • 2 cups (500 mL) orange juice
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Lantic Old Fashioned Brown Sugar or Rogers Best Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup (250 mL) water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 allspice berries
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 3 star anise
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 4 ripe pears, peeled, cored and halved
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) 35% whipping cream, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) sea salt
  • 2 cups (500 mL) vanilla icecream


  1. In large saucepan, combine orange juice, brown sugar, water, cinnamon, allspice berries, cardamom, star anise and cloves; bring to boil. Add pear halves; return to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes or until tender. Let pears cool in poaching liquid for 2 hours.
  2. Strain pears and discard spices. Return poaching liquid to saucepan and bring to boil. Boil for about 10 minutes or until syrupy consistency is achieved. Add cream; simmer, stirring with wooden spoon, for 5 minutes. Add vanilla and salt.
  3. Serve poached pears with vanilla ice cream; drizzle with warm sauce. Serve immediately.


  • Refrigerate remaining sauce in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
  • Gently reheat sauce and serve as a dip with sliced apples if desired.
  • Add crunch by crumbling your favourite cookies, such as gingersnaps, biscotti or shortbread, over ice cream.