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Star Anise and Ginger Poached Pears

These pears will make you fall in love with yourself. They will make you fall in love with ginger, they will make you fall in love with star anise.

And it just makes sense, because these were made with love for family

Our nephew’s 1st birthday is coming right up, and we can’t quite get away from day jobs long enough to make the road trip “on the day.” But when we were daydreaming about visiting him, these pears popped into my head as a fun thing to make that his parents might enjoy.

They’re my favorite ginger lovers.

So, this recipe is for them in spirit.

Love you two! See you in the summer!

Star Anise and Ginger Poached Pears

Serves 4.


2 Bosc pears, halved and seeded

4 ½ cups water

½ cup granulated sugar

¼ cup honey

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2-3 teaspoons freshly grated ginger

1” fresh ginger root, cleaned and unpeeled

2 star anise pods

Mint, for garnish


Bring the pears, water, sugar, honey, lemon juice, ginger and star anise to a boil in a medium saucepan, over medium-high heat.

Reduce heat to a simmer, and gently cook the pears until they’re fork tender, about 18-20 minutes.

Remove the pears with a slotted spoon, and let cool. Refrigerate the pears until the sauce has reduced.

Stir the sauce every 15 minutes or so, until the sauce has thickened and has reduced to about a cup of liquid.

Drizzle sauce over pears, and garnish with mint.

(Photos by Launie and Jedd Kettler)

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