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Recipe Category: Desserts

Pedro Ximénez Poached Pears

Perfectly poached pears in a dreamy Pedro Ximénez sherry syrup.

Serves: 6
Preparation Time: 10 minutes (plus refrigeration time)
Cooking time: 15 minutes
  • 6 brown Beurre Bosc pears
  • 1 cup Pedro Ximénez sherry
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 2 star anise or 4 cloves
  • toasted flaked almonds, for serving

Use a melon baller to core the pears from underneath and peel them just prior to cooking. Combine sherry, water, sugar, peppercorns and star a use in a saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring until dissolved. Add pears, laying them on their sides, and simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes until tender, carefully turning them by the stalks occasionally. Allow to cool and refrigerate for at least an hour (or overnight). Serve with cream or ice cream, drizzled with syrup.


Pedro Ximénez sherry is a rich ebony coloured Spanish fortified wine with concentrated dark chocolate/raisin flavours and a syrupy texture.
Marsala or port may be substituted in this recipe.

Author: Naomi Crisante
Date Created: 30/04/2019