Five Spice Poached Pears with Honey and Fleur de Sel
"This is poached pears the easy way. Five Spice adds zing, while a luxurious finish of really good olive oil and some fleur de sel brings everything into balance. @petersom"
-- @petersom


Prep time 10mins
Cook time 40mins
Serves or Makes: 4


  • 1 bottle medium bodied red wine
  • 1/ 2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 1/ 2 teaspoon five spice powder
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoon good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch fleur de sel


  • Step 1

    In a large saucepan, bring red wine, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, star anise, five spice and lemon peel to a boil. Add peeled pears and reduce to a simmer. Add additional wine or water to ensure pears are submerged. Poach pears for 25-30 minutes or until very tender when pierced with a knife. Remove pears and reduce liquid by half.

  • Step 2

    To serve, cut pears in wedges. Place in serving dish with sauce, drizzle with honey and olive oil. Finish with a pinch of fleur de sel.