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Poached Pears with Warm Coffee Sauce

This is a poached pears recipe that can be prepared up to two days before serving–a winner for midweek entertaining. Poach your pears and make the easy caramel-like coffee sauce ahead, but warm both before serving.–Bill Granger

LC Inviting Vices Note

Ever notice how most poached pears are bathed in booze? Yeah, us too. Not these pears, though. But with a shot of robust espresso to liven up this caramely sauce, you won’t even think to miss any trace of tipsiness. Perhaps the charms of one enticing vice erase those of another.

Poached Pears with Warm Coffee Sauce Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • Serves 4

Ingredients

  • For the pears
  • 4 cups cold water
  • Generous 3/4 cup superfine or granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 ripe pears, preferably Bosc
  • For the coffee caramel sauce
  • Scant 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 shot espresso, or 2 tablespoons very strongly brewed black coffee
  • Vanilla Ice Cream

Directions

  • Make the poached pears
  • 1. In a large saucepan, heat the water, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer gently for 5 minutes.
  • 2. In the meantime, peel and core the pears, leaving the stem intact. Cut a thin slice off the bottom of each pear so that they will stand upright. Add the pears to the pan of simmering liquid. Adjust the heat, if necessary, so only a stray bubble surfaces and poach the pears gently, turning occasionally, until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. (You can cover and refrigerate the pears in their liquid, spooning the liquid over the exposed pears once or twice a day, for up to two days. Rewarm over low heat.)
  • Make the coffee caramel sauce
  • 3. While the pears poach, place all of the ingredients for the sauce in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir to combine. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until thick and syrupy, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. (You can cover and refrigerate for up to two days. Rewarm over low heat.)
  • Serve the pears
  • 4. Remove the pears from their syrup with a slotted spoon. Place each on a serving plate, drizzle with the warm coffee caramel sauce, and add your scoop of ice cream on the side.
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