Poached Pears with Vanilla

From The Culinary Couple | Source Mark Bittman


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 1 big Bosc pear
  • vanilla ice cream (optional)


  1. Combine sugar and vanilla with 2 cups water in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil while you peel and core the pear.
  2. Lower pear into boiling water and adjust heat to a simmer. Cook, turning every 5 minutes, until pear is met with little resistance from a sharp knife, about 20 minutes. Turn off heat and allow pear to cool in liquid.
  3. Remove pear and slice it. Reduce poaching liquid to 1/2 cup. Arrange pears and vanilla ice cream on a plate, and spoon reduced poaching liquid on top.