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Poached Pears in Spiced Prune Juice Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: poached pears, prune juice
Servings: 4
Calories: 345 kcal
Author: Jane Sarchet
  • 500 ml Sunsweet Prune Juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 1 inch ginger root peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 pears peeled but left whole with stalk intact
  • 2 tsp arrowroot powder
  • 200 ml whipping cream
  1. Preheat the oven to 130C / 300F / Gas 2.

  2. Pour the prune juice into a saucepan. Add the cinnamon, ginger and vanilla pod and bring to a boil.

  3. Meanwhile, peel the pears, leaving the stalk in place. Nestle them snugly in a small baking dish. Ensure that they are in one layer so that they cook evenly.

  4. Pour over the prune juice and spices, cover with a lid and pop into the oven for 3 hours, turning once halfway through the cooking time.

  5. When cooked, remove the pears into a serving dish and keep warm.

  6. Pour the juice back into the pan, removing the spices.

  7. Cut the vanilla pod down the length and scrape out the seeds with a small knife. Add the seeds to a large mixing bowl and pour over the whipping cream. Whip until the cream thickens and forms peaks that stand up by themselves.

  8. Mix the arrowroot in a cup with a little cold water until it is fully dissolved.

  9. Pour into the pan with the juice and bring to a gentle boil, stirring constantly to prevent it burning.

  10. Within a couple of minutes the juice will thicken into a silky, rich sauce.

  11. Pour the spiced prune sauce over the pears, and serve hot or cold with the vanilla cream.

Nutrition Facts
Poached Pears in Spiced Prune Juice Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 345 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 69mg23%
Sodium 26mg1%
Potassium 370mg11%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 780IU16%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 67mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.