Pere Cotte (Poached Pears)

Lynnda Cloutier


For a pretty and fool proof presentation pick pears that are not overly ripe and have gracefully shaped stems.Source unknown

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6 bosc pears
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
5 whole cloves
zest of 1 lemon, cut in strips
juice of 1/2 lemon


1Peel pears, leaving stem intact. using a small melon baller, remove stems and seeds from bottom of pears. In pan that will accommodate pears upright, mix water, sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves, lemon zest and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Add pears, cook over medium heat, maintaining a boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, allow pears to cool slowly. Baste pears occasionally with poaching liquid. When completely cooled, chill pears. Serve on individual dessert plates. Spoon liquid over pears. Serves 6

About Pere Cotte (Poached Pears)

Course/Dish: Fruit Desserts