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Saffron Poached Pears

Saffron Poached Pears, a simple and seasonal fall and winter baked fruit dessert with saffron, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, and brown sugar. This delicious and easy recipe proves saffron isn't just for savory foods!
5 stars (2 ratings)


  • 4 whole bosc pears, peeled and halved
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar, or apple juice
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon saffron
  • 1 whole cinnamon stick


  • Heat the spices, water, and vinegar: Combine water, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, saffron, and cinnamon stick in a large pot and bring to a boil.
  • Poach the pears: Add bosc pear halves to the pot and reduce liquid to a simmer. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until pears are cooked and soft throughout. Remove pears and set aside on a serving dish.
  • Reduce the sauce: Turn heat to high and reduce liquid until it forms a thick or syrupy consistency. Remove pot from heat, drizzle liquid over pears, and serve.


  • Pear types: You can use most any type of pear, but we've found that bosc pears soak up the poaching liquid more than some other varietals.
  • Apple cider vinegar vs. apple juice: We suggest using apple cider vinegar for a tangy and strong apple flavor, but apple (or even pear!) juice will work as well.
  • Leftovers + storage: Store leftover poached pears in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. We do not recommend freezing.
  • Nutrition notes: Nutrition information is calculated for 1 pear with 1/4 of the sauce.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving (1 pear), Calories: 67kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 17mg, Potassium: 51mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 1IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 1mg