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Amaretto Pears
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5 from 3 votes

Amaretto Pears: Poached Fruit

Think pears are a boring autumn staple? Think again. Amaretto Pears takes succulent poached pears and wraps them in an almond based liqueur to transform them into an incredibly stylish dessert. Make yourself a jar and keep them handy for next time you need to impress a guest at short notice.
To sterilise the jar begin by washing it, then put it into a preheated over at 100°C/ 225°F/ GM ¼ for 15 minutes. Carefully remove from the oven and set aside until ready to use
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Preserved Fruit
Cuisine: Worldwide
Servings: 4
Calories: 267kcal


  • 4-5 Small pears - depending on the size of your jar
  • 400 ml/ 1 ¾ cups Water
  • 4 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 Star anise
  • 1 Vanilla pod - split
  • 120 ml/ ½ cup Amaretto almond liqueur


  • Put the sugar, star anise and water into a medium saucepan. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla pod into the pan and toss in the pod as well. Heat gently to dissolve the sugar
  • Meanwhile peel the pears, taking care to leave the stem intact. Gently lower them into the saucepan, cover and bring up to a gently simmer. Cook for 20 minutes, until the pears are soft
  • Drop the pears into the sterilised jar
  • Pour the Amaretto over the pears and top up with the poaching syrup (there may be a little liquid left over, depending on the size of jar used).
  • Ensure the pears are completely submerged in the liquid before sealing the jar
  • Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks


Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 267mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 56IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg