Spiced Poached Pear with Coconut Yoghurt & Roasted Almonds

July 12, 2016

We love a good pear! These lightly spiced pears give the comfort of a delicious dessert but without the naughty sugar. AND they involve just one easy cooking process. Get poaching!



0.5 cup – raw almonds (always buy raw and roast at home, it’s a great money saver)

4 – small pears, peeled with stalk still attached

1 – star anise

5 – cardamom pods

5 – cloves

2 – cinnamon quills

1 – vanilla bean pod

1 – peel of an orange

1 – juice of an orange

1 – small pot of coconut yogurt

blueberries & fresh fruit



  1. Preheat oven to 190/ 350F/ gas mark 5. Roughly chop up the almonds and place on a baking tray and roast for 4- 6 minutes, until browned and smelling roasted. Check them regularly, they’ll turn quickly.
  2. Fill a large pot with water and add the cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, pulp of vanilla bean, star anise, orange peel and juice and bring to the boil. Once bubbling away reduce to a gentle simmer and add the pears. Poach for 15mins (depending on the size of the pear), until just soft. You should be easily able to insert a knife.
  3. Remove pears once cooked and set aside, increase the heat on the spiced liquid and allow it to bubble away for a further 15 minutes to reduce and create a pouring syrup.
  4. Serve pears with a spoonful of coconut yogurt topped with roasted nuts and fruit. Spoon a little of the spiced poaching syrup over the pear to keep it super moist.


Article by Damon Gameau – The man behind ‘That Sugar Film’ 

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“THAT SUGAR FILM started as one man’s journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarked on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived, or promoted to be ‘healthy’.”



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