Pomegranate Poached Pears

Pomegranate Poached Pears with Vanilla Ice Cream
Pomegranate poached pears with vanilla ice cream.

I’m back from my whirlwind trip to Japan and Korea and am bursting at the seams (it could also have something to do with the 5+ daily meals I consumed) to try out over a dozen dishes I came up with while away from the kitchen and this blog.

Pomegranate Poached Pears with Yogurt and Granola

I set out to be inspired by new flavors and ingredients, but the greatest inspirations came during all the quiet moments in between a week and a half of prolific eating. Whether I was on a plane seven miles above the rest of the world or on a crowded yet eerily quiet Tokyo subway, these little out-of-context pauses gave me time to reflect, not only on all the new foods I tried, but on all the ingredients waiting for me back at home.

This dish was born during one of those contemplative moments. Its complex harmony of aromas, textures and tastes belies the utter simplicity of its preparation. Served warm over a pile of vanilla ice cream it makes for a compelling dessert, while serving it with strained yogurt and a little granola makes for a fast healthy breakfast.

Pomegranate Poached Pears

3 bosc pears peeled cored and quartered
8 oz. pomegranate juice (I used POM 100%)
1/4 C sugar

Put the pears, juice and sugar in a pot making sure the pears are completely covered (add more juice and sugar if need be). Bring the mixture to a boil and turn down the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Cover with a lid set ajar and cook for 20 minutes or until the pears are a deep crimson and they are firm but no longer crunchy.

Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, yogurt, or by themselves, doused in the poaching liquid.

  • http://illeatyou.com/ Lauren

    looks so delicious! I will try this for my dinner party this weekend, considering i have 8 bottles of POM in my fridge!

  • http://illeatyou.com Lauren

    looks so delicious! I will try this for my dinner party this weekend, considering i have 8 bottles of POM in my fridge!

  • http://manggy.blogspot.com/ Manggy

    Welcome back Marc! That looks so elegant; I love the presentation. And it only has three ingredients! Genius. I’m in New Jersey now and it’s my first time to see POM juice and Pomegranates in abundance! (at the local farmer’s market)

  • http://manggy.blogspot.com Manggy

    Welcome back Marc! That looks so elegant; I love the presentation. And it only has three ingredients! Genius. I’m in New Jersey now and it’s my first time to see POM juice and Pomegranates in abundance! (at the local farmer’s market)

  • http://www.souvlakiforthesoul.com/ Peter G

    Welcome back Marc…this looks very easy and I love the deep red colours.

  • http://www.souvlakiforthesoul.com Peter G

    Welcome back Marc…this looks very easy and I love the deep red colours.

  • http://www.shelbymaelawstories.blogspot.com/ HoneyB

    Love this! Such a simple but elegant dessert!

  • http://www.shelbymaelawstories.blogspot.com HoneyB

    Love this! Such a simple but elegant dessert!

  • http://www.mangerlaville.blogspot.com/ Abby @ mangerlaville

    This looks and sound delicious. Beautiful crimson color!

  • http://www.mangerlaville.blogspot.com Abby @ mangerlaville

    This looks and sound delicious. Beautiful crimson color!

  • http://www.kalofagas.blogspot.com/ Peter

    Marc, welcome back and hope you had a fab time. Pomegranates are par for the season and looks good on poached pears.

  • http://www.kalofagas.blogspot.com Peter

    Marc, welcome back and hope you had a fab time. Pomegranates are par for the season and looks good on poached pears.

  • http://allthingsnice.typepad.com/ Syrie

    Gorgeous Marc. Happy New Year! I hope you had a great trip.

  • http://allthingsnice.typepad.com Syrie

    Gorgeous Marc. Happy New Year! I hope you had a great trip.

  • Emily

    Pomegranate! I love stuff that is antioxidant-y (cranberries, blueberries, green tea, etc) so I’ve been a fan of Poms since I was in middle school! I’m glad they are more readily available everywhere now.

    Beautiful dish :)

  • Emily

    Pomegranate! I love stuff that is antioxidant-y (cranberries, blueberries, green tea, etc) so I’ve been a fan of Poms since I was in middle school! I’m glad they are more readily available everywhere now.

    Beautiful dish :)

  • http://www.huggingthecoast.com/ Hugging the Coast

    What a sophisticated yet simple way to showcase the harmonies of these flavors.

  • http://www.huggingthecoast.com Hugging the Coast

    What a sophisticated yet simple way to showcase the harmonies of these flavors.

  • http://simplyscrumptiousfoodie.com/ Jessie

    Wow amazing photos!! That looks delish :)

  • http://simplyscrumptiousfoodie.com Jessie

    Wow amazing photos!! That looks delish :)

  • http://www.notquitenigella.com/ Lorraine E

    LOVE the first photo Marc! It looks so elegant :)

  • http://www.notquitenigella.com Lorraine E

    LOVE the first photo Marc! It looks so elegant :)

  • http://www.sugarbar.org/ diva

    pomegranates always remind me of that ancient cartoon – Conan the Barbarian Warrior or something like that. anyway this looks fab. i love poached pears and what a way to serve it! :) x

  • http://www.sugarbar.org diva

    pomegranates always remind me of that ancient cartoon – Conan the Barbarian Warrior or something like that. anyway this looks fab. i love poached pears and what a way to serve it! :) x

  • http://www.kyotofoodie.com/ Peko P

    Nice! Simple, yet I bet it packed a big, big taste.

    Would like to eat-o!

    P

  • http://www.kyotofoodie.com Peko P

    Nice! Simple, yet I bet it packed a big, big taste.

    Would like to eat-o!

    P

  • http://herbivoracious.com/ Michael Natkin

    Very nice, it looks like a good alternative to wine poaching.

  • http://herbivoracious.com Michael Natkin

    Very nice, it looks like a good alternative to wine poaching.

  • http://www.flagrantedelicia.com/en/ Leonor de Sousa Bastos

    So simple and so delicious!!

    Loved your idea!

  • http://www.flagrantedelicia.com/en/ Leonor de Sousa Bastos

    So simple and so delicious!!

    Loved your idea!

  • http://ldylvbgr.blogspot.com/ Rachelle

    How neat!! I have some POM to use up, and I just fell in love with fresh poached pears the other day! This is what I’m going to make for dessert! Thank you!

  • http://ldylvbgr.blogspot.com/ Rachelle

    How neat!! I have some POM to use up, and I just fell in love with fresh poached pears the other day! This is what I’m going to make for dessert! Thank you!

  • marc

    Thanks Lauren, hope it goes well. Let us know how it turns out.

    Mark, welcome to the cold:-)

    Peter, thanks! The color holds up surprisingly well to the cooking.

    Thanks HoneyB and Abby!

    Peter, I did have a great time I’ll be posting some pics of some of the stuff I ate soon.

    Syrie, thanks, stay tuned for trip photos:-)

    Emily, have you heard of Acai or CamuCamu? They’re supposed to have even more anti-oxidents than blueberries.

    Thanks Hugging the Coast, Jessie and Lorraine!

    Diva, lol I think that one may have been after my time?

    Peko P, can you guys get pomegranate juice there? If not, you can try it sourcing some pomegranate molasses and just add water.

    Michael, thanks, I’ve never been much of a fan of wine poaching pears, this is a much lighter alternative.

    Thanks Leonor!

    Rachelle, hope it turns out well!

  • marc

    Thanks Lauren, hope it goes well. Let us know how it turns out.

    Mark, welcome to the cold:-)

    Peter, thanks! The color holds up surprisingly well to the cooking.

    Thanks HoneyB and Abby!

    Peter, I did have a great time I’ll be posting some pics of some of the stuff I ate soon.

    Syrie, thanks, stay tuned for trip photos:-)

    Emily, have you heard of Acai or CamuCamu? They’re supposed to have even more anti-oxidents than blueberries.

    Thanks Hugging the Coast, Jessie and Lorraine!

    Diva, lol I think that one may have been after my time?

    Peko P, can you guys get pomegranate juice there? If not, you can try it sourcing some pomegranate molasses and just add water.

    Michael, thanks, I’ve never been much of a fan of wine poaching pears, this is a much lighter alternative.

    Thanks Leonor!

    Rachelle, hope it turns out well!

  • http://www.practicallydone.com/ helen

    Happy New Year Marc! Can’t wait to read about what you saw and ate (not implying that you ate everything you saw…)

  • http://www.practicallydone.com helen

    Happy New Year Marc! Can’t wait to read about what you saw and ate (not implying that you ate everything you saw…)

  • http://colloquialcookin.canalblog.com/ colloquial cook

    Wait, did you say POMEGRANATE??

  • http://colloquialcookin.canalblog.com/ colloquial cook

    Wait, did you say POMEGRANATE??

  • Lizzie

    Maybe my pears were on the large side — anyway, I ended up poaching them in 16 oz of pom juice, round side down but in a stainless saute pan rather than a pot. After their 20 minute sauna, I turned them cut side down and they turned out just great!!!

  • Lizzie

    Maybe my pears were on the large side — anyway, I ended up poaching them in 16 oz of pom juice, round side down but in a stainless saute pan rather than a pot. After their 20 minute sauna, I turned them cut side down and they turned out just great!!!

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  • Adele Forbes

    yummmm…now that has just made my mouth water way beyond control…….very lovely

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