Poached Pear Recipe

This recipe is sometimes called Pears Hélène. It is served over vanilla ice cream and topped with hot chocolate sauce.



  1. Peel, halve, and core the pears. (Cut the pears in half lengthwise and scoop out the cores with a melon baller or grapefruit spoon. Remove any gritty flesh around the core. Peeled pears will almost immediately begin to brown: to prevent discoloration, immediately toss cut pears with lemon juice.)
  2. Boil the sugar and water with the vanilla. Add the pears and reduce the heat.
  3. Simmer until the pears are just cooked through—just tender when pierced with a fork.
  4. Cool in their syrup.


Serve over vanilla ice cream topped with the hot chocolate sauce.

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