Honey-Poached Pears with Crème Fraîche
Delicately spiced and super fragrant, these poached pears go great with a dollop of crème fraîche, sour cream or Greek yogurt.
- 2 1/2 cups water Add to list
- 1 cup honey Add to list
- 5 whole star anise (in bulk at PCC) Add to list
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice Add to list
- Pinch of fine sea salt Add to list
- 6 firm but ripe pears (about 2 1/2 pounds), peeled Add to list
- 1/2 cup crème fraîche, sour cream or Greek yogurt Add to list
Combine water, honey, star anise, lemon juice and sea salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Add pears; reduce heat and simmer until tender, turning occasionally, 15 to 25 minutes, depending on ripeness.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer pears to a bowl. Boil liquid and star anise until reduced to 1 cup syrup, about 20 minutes. Pour syrup with star anise over pears. Cover and chill until cold (see note).
Remove star anise from syrup. Divide pears and syrup among 6 bowls. Top each with a dollop of crème fraîche and serve.
Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled.
Each serving: 290 cal, 0.5g fat (0g sat), 0mg chol, 105mg sodium, 72g carb, 5g fiber, 2g protein