French Fridays with Dorie: Spiced-poached pears

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie was the epitome of autumnal simplicity. Gorgeous local pears (the recipe on p 396 calls for apples or pears but I had pears on hand), gently poached in a syrup made of sugar and honey and spices that just scream autumn (orange and lemon zest with a touch of the juices,  star anise – though I used cloves – and cinnamon).

I also added a splash of Crème de Cassis as well, because I am fond of fruit poached in wine and thought this would be a nice addition of sweetness to contrast the tartness of the syrup.

I served this with a dollop of the new Iögo Greko Honey yogurt and some roughly chopped walnuts for some texture – poached fruit sometimes can remind me of hospital food but this with its Crème de Cassis and walnuts was far from it! The pears were alos great with a bit of granola and more yogurt for breakfast and a late afternoon snack during the week. So versatile!

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39 Responses to French Fridays with Dorie: Spiced-poached pears

  1. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen September 14, 2012 at 07:00 #

    How pretty and I’m so pleased that you added Cassis. I always have a bottle on hand in case I’m in the mood for a Kir, or perhaps even a Kir Royale. I’ll make a note in my Dorie book. I love this series. You’re testing the recipe and I’m making notes. How cool is that.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen September 14, 2012 at 07:29 #

    Those are wonderful pics! The idea of adding cassis is such a great one, especially with wine. And leaving the stems make them so much prettier!

  3. Cher September 14, 2012 at 08:21 #

    So THAT’s how this is supposed to look! Beautiful.

  4. Eileen September 14, 2012 at 10:18 #

    Beautiful pictures! I wish I made extra so that I could try it with yogurt and pork and rice pudding and all these other delicious things that people did with it.

  5. Paula September 14, 2012 at 11:05 #

    These are gorgeous! Would be lovely served with some Canadian Ice Wine too!

  6. Jennifer B. September 14, 2012 at 11:50 #

    Your pictures look great. The addition of Creme de Cassis was genius.

  7. Diane Balch September 14, 2012 at 15:47 #

    I think you were right on about adding the liquor. I loved the peach melba and I think it was because the liquor intensified the flavor and the alcohol cut some of the sweetness. Beautiful dessert well done.

  8. Marina@Picnic at Marina September 14, 2012 at 16:03 #

    Those look like a perfect dessert foe me as I don’t like when a whole ingredient is processed too much… Great flavor combinations… I just wish we had some good pears around…

  9. Teresa September 14, 2012 at 17:26 #

    I love your presentation! Crème de Cassis is a great addition, too. We’ll be having this again as the weather grows cooler.

  10. Mary Hirsch September 14, 2012 at 23:49 #

    I would expect the woman who spent her Summer in France to KNOW to add a little alcohol something to this “cooked fruit” recipe to liven it up. Good idea and I will definitely do that next time, with pears or apples or whatever. Yeah, this is good anytime but I liked your add-ins and add-ons. Nice touches, Mardi.

  11. Trevor September 15, 2012 at 00:56 #

    Looking good Mardi. I ended up doing something similar with them and loved them. I’d never had them as a breakfast before but I’m quite taken with them that way. The yogurt sounds really good too…I will be on the lookout for honey yogurt.

  12. sanya September 15, 2012 at 07:08 #

    Looks fantastic! I had mine with greek yoghurt too, wish I thought of adding the nuts!

  13. Beth (OMG! Yummy) September 15, 2012 at 15:50 #

    Whipped them up this morning using my mom’s apples and some underripe bartlett pears. Learned a lot about what fruit works best but in the end it didn’t matter. I loved the poaching liquid and also love your ideas about yogurt, nuts, granola.

  14. marilyn September 15, 2012 at 22:18 #

    I’ll bet your additions of yogurt and walnuts really balanced this dish in flavor and texture

  15. Nana September 16, 2012 at 09:54 #

    I’m sure this was wonderful with the creme de cassis, that is such a lovely flavor. Hubby and I
    love to make Kir Royale with it. Your dessert turned out beautiful and the addition of the
    walnuts are nice. Have a great weekend.

  16. Ann Mah September 16, 2012 at 10:45 #

    Poached pears are my favorite winter dessert (with chocolate sauce — mm!). What a good idea to eat them for breakfast, too!

  17. Monica September 16, 2012 at 13:41 #

    Golly. This recipe is making uber bummed that our pear trees have produced NO fruit this year. But we have plenty of apples. We adapt! Love the idea of using Creme de Cassis in the poaching liquid. Will give this a whirl and then come back no doubt to declare it genius!

  18. Kate@Diethood September 16, 2012 at 15:31 #

    Mardi, that first photo…honest to goodness, I drooled!
    I poached some pears the other night and they were amazing…my mom’s recipe. I need to try Dorie’s version.

  19. Betsy September 17, 2012 at 21:55 #

    You are right, this one screams autumn! I’m loving all the poached fruit we’ve been making. I had apples on hand, but ended up with applesauce. I just picked up pears to try again. The Doristas that used pears seem to have had more success than I did. I like your substitution of cloves for the cinnamon. I’ll try that.

  20. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction September 30, 2012 at 21:48 #

    I very rarely make poached anything, but I think I need to change that soon… These pears look divine. I would definitely enjoy them for breakfast with some yogurt!

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