Poached Pears in Almond Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min. + cooling


2 servings

Updated: Sep. 24, 2022
Lillian Julow likes to serve these luscious pears whenever she is celebrating a memorable occasion. "They always make a pretty addition to a special dinner for two," she writes from her home in Lawrenceville, Georgia.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 lemon slice
  • 1 piece cinnamon stick (1 inch)
  • 2 medium firm pears with stems attached
  • 4 red-hot candies
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds


  1. In a saucepan, bring the water, sugar, lemon slice and cinnamon stick to a boil. Carefully peel pears, leaving stem attached; add to sugar mixture. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until pears are tender, turning occasionally.
  2. Carefully remove pears and set aside. Add red-hots to sugar syrup; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until syrup is reduced by half. Remove from the heat; discard lemon and cinnamon.
  3. Stir in extracts. Return pears to sauce; cool to room temperature. To serve, spoon sauce onto dessert plates; top with pears. Sprinkle with almonds.