Cider Poached Pears

Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins
Total 30 mins

These easy Cider Poached Pears are so sweet, juicy and delicious. Discover how to make one of my very favorite delicacies from Jacksonville, Georgia!

A Cider Poached Pear in a Teal Bowl Topped with an Anise Star

Cider Poached Pears Recipe

We are starting to explore more of Jacksonville and so far it has been a learning experience. On Saturday we decided to go to the Green Cove Springs Farmers Market because it is only a little ways from our place and the website looked pretty impressive. We stopped by the bank, grabbed some cash, and headed off to hopefully a place that sold local honey (our allergies have been horrendous).

Well we were fooled. There was one 80 year old guy with a small table of fruits and vegetables.  So I bought a pair of pears…mainly because I felt bad, but also because I knew I had this recipe sitting at home waiting to be tried! While this dish was great and the pear was perfectly ripe…I am still on the hunt for a great market like the Saturday Morning Market in St. Pete.

It seems like here in Jacksonville they do it Georgia style…set up on the side of the road, with whatever produce you have, and sell it out of the back of your pickup. And I am sooo good with that…but the problem is they move around like gypsies! I can never find the same one twice! So please fellow Jacksonville citizens, inform me of how you do it! I want fresh local produce!! And I want it cheap! πŸ˜‰

A Bowl of Cider Poached Pears with a Bite on a Metal Spoon

Yield: 4

Cider Poached Pears

A Bowl of Cider Poached Pears with a Bite on a Metal Spoon

These easy Cider Poached Pears are so sweet, juicy and delicious. Discover how to make one of my very favorite delicacies from Jacksonville, Georgia!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 orange, juice (approx 1/2 cup) of and zest divided (1 teaspoon grated and peel)
  • 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 pears, peeled, halved and cores removed with Parisian scoop (melon baller)
  • 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons sliced and toasted almonds


    1. Bring the first 7 ingredients to a boil. Add the pears and cook at a gentle simmer for 10-20 minutes, or until a paring knife inserted into the pears meets a little resistance. Cooking time will be determined by the ripeness of the pears.
    2. Remove from heat and allow pears to cool in the poaching liquid. Once cool, remove pears from liquid and set aside.
    3. Return poaching liquid to medium heat and reduce to a glaze.
    4. In a small bowl, combine yogurt with remaining orange zest and powdered sugar.
    5. To serve, slice the pears in quarters from top to bottom, place in the center of four serving plates, spoon over some yogurt and top with toasted almonds.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 145Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 57mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 4gSugar: 23gProtein: 3g

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28 Responses
  1. CaSaundra

    Bummer there wasn’t more at the farmer’s market, but at least you got to make this dish with what you bought–looks great!

  2. Heavenly Housewife

    I’ve been wanting to try to make poached pears for a while, but never got around to it. These look so beautiful, and they are a great healthy desert.
    *kisses* HH

  3. Eva

    Oh my goodness, I’ve never before been so drawn to pears! These photos are incredibly beautiful and the poached pears with anise sounds delicious πŸ™‚

  4. Anna Johnston

    So elegant aren’t they poached pears, lovely image. Good luck with the hunt to find the perfect market place πŸ™‚

  5. Tasha

    I’m in the “learning to love” stage of pears, but this recipe sounds delightful (and your photos look so pretty)that I definitely would want to try this!

  6. Paula @

    These look GREAT! I just picked up a ton of pears from our local Costco (they have the best price right now – strange, eh?) and look forward to giving this treat a whirl!

  7. Lacey @

    Beautiful pics and the food looks phenomenal! We’d love for you to share this recipe with us over at!

  8. Joanne

    I would totally be frustrated too. I like having my farmer’s markets be predictable and dependable.

    These pears sound delicious! And I love that they are ass-friendly. And have star anise in them. Awesome.

  9. Lainey_Elizabeth

    Georgia Style – haha! I wish I could give you some advice but I only know of ones in Atlanta….

  10. Monet

    The roving farmer’s market…what a challenge! I’m glad you were able to find these pairs. They look stunning. Thank you for sharing, sweet friend, and thank you for your kind words on my blog this morning. It means so much to have your support! I hope you have a wonderful Monday.

  11. sippitysup

    The attention to detail in both the spare and lovely recipe as well as in the photo styling reflects the essence of this sweet treat. GREG

  12. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    I have been wanting to try poached pears forever but until now, I haven’t landed my finger on just the right recipe. This, however, looks perfect! Your photos and presentation are just so lovely, Jessica. Great job and thanks for sharing! I’ll have to try this soon.

  13. DeAnna

    They look divine! Same thing happened to me and my mother a year ago. She got a big flier about a big farmer’s market in Lutz. At first we couldn’t find it. How hard could it be to find a huge farmer’s market? Finally, we found it in a strip mall of all places. We hesitantly walked inside and there was a little Indian man in a very bare store. There were tables along the walls and on each table little baskets with shriveled up produce. We were shocked and felt really sorry for this guy. How in the world was he affording the rent on this storefront? So, like you, we felt we had to buy something. My mom bought an eggplant. It was so shriveled up you would have mistaken it for a prune. Wonder if that guy is still there?

  14. Sunit

    I love the cinnamon and anise combination! It sounds like it would smell like heaven as well. Hahahaha truly jealous

  15. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

    That sounds delicious and honestly looks too pretty to eat. I’m jealous of you southerners being able to enjoy fresh local produce in the winter. I have to wait until May or June before finding any up here. So sad.

  16. Happy When Not Hungry

    These poached pears look delicious!! Sorry you have yet to find a decent farmer’s market, but I’m sure you’ll find one soon! So jealous you can still go to a great one… most of the ones around D.C. are closed or very scant during these winter months!

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