Poached pears


2 pears

150ml water

300ml apple juice

2 x 5ml spoons honey

2 x 15ml spoons ricotta

Pinch of cinnamon


Saucepan, measuring jug, measuring spoons.


  1. Peel and core the pears.
  2. Bring to the boil the water and apple juice and carefully add the pears.
  3. Cook until soft, approximately 5-10 minutes.
  4. Once cooked remove from the poaching liquid.
  5. Serve with a spoon of ricotta and sprinkle over the cinnamon and a drizzle of honey.

Top tips:

  • Try poaching other fruits such as apples, nectarines or plums.
  • Try low fat crème fraiche, for serving instead of ricotta cheese.
  • Toast some flaked almonds and sprinkle over instead of the cinnamon.


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