Poached pears

Lightly spiced with star anise this light classic will mean you'll always have room for dessert.

Light and spicy with orange and star anise
  • Preparation time 15mins (prep. time)
  • Cooking time 20-30mins (cooking time)
  • Serves 6


  • 6 pears
  • 200ml vegan white wine
  • 50g maple syrup
  • star anise
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • oranges
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon


  1. Place white wine, star anise, maple syrup, cloves and cinnamon into a pan. Cut fine strips of orange peel, squeeze the orange, then add the juice, peel and squeezed fruit to the pan.
  2. Peel the pears, cutting a little off the bottom of each pear.
  3. Stand the pears in the pan with the wine mix, and add sufficient water to cover them two-thirds of the way up. Bring to the boil then immediately reduce to a simmer. Cover the pan and poach for around 20 minutes.
  4. Test the pears by pushing a knife into the widest part, it should slide in easily. Remove the pears from the poaching liquor, and set aside.
  5. Boil the liquid until it has reduced by 50 per cent and thickened slightly. Add sugar if needed. Strain into bowl, reserving the peel and star anise.
  6. Place a pear in the centre of a bowl, ladle over some of the poaching liquor, serve with a star anise and a few strands of the orange peel.