Healthy living

Poached pears

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes 

Serves: 6


  • 1 L (1000mL) dark grape juice
  • 6 pears, peeled and quartered, cores removed


1. Pour juice into a saucepan and bring to the boil. 

2. Lower the heat, add pears and simmer for 10–15 minutes or until just tender. Turn pears over to cover in juice during cooking. 

3. Remove from the heat and allow to cool in the syrup. Serve warm or cold.

Microwave Instruction

1. Arrange pears in a deep microwave dish, add juice and microwave on high (100%) for 5 minutes. 

2. Turn pears and microwave for 3–5 minutes or until tender. Allow to cool and serve.


  • Try substituting apple juice for grape juice and adding ¼ cup caster sugar, or use red wine and ½ cup caster sugar. Add sugar to the juice or wine and simmer until sugar dissolves before adding pears.
  • Pour over syrup and serve with a dollop of low-fat natural yoghurt or reduced-fat vanilla ice cream.

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