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Vanilla, orange and maple poached pears

Serves4 ServingsPrep Time15 minsCook Time1 hrTotal Time1 hr 15 mins

Poached pears

 8 kids size pears, peeled
 1 vanilla bean, split
 1 cup caster sugar
 ¼ cup maple syrup
 2 cups water
 1 l (4 cups) orange juice
 shortbread & softly whipped cream, to serve
1

Scrape the seeds from the centre of vanilla bean halves. Combine the sugar, maple syrup vanilla beans and seeds, water, orange juice in a deep, medium size saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce heat to low.

2

Add the pears, bring the syrup back to a very gentle simmer. Press a sheet baking paper onto the surface of the pears. Cook, turning occasionally, for 40-45 minutes or until pears are tender. Remove pears and vanilla beans to a tray.

3

Increase heat to high, boil the syrup, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes or until thicken and syrupy.

4

Place the pears on serving plates. Drizzle with syrup and serve with shortbread and cream or ice-cream.

Tip - If using regular size pears, follow steps above cooking in a large saucepan for 1½ hours.
Rinse the vanilla bean halves in a small bowl cold water, place onto a wire rack to dry 24-48 hours. Once dry place into a jar of sugar to make vanilla sugar.
Nutrition Facts

Servings 4