Poached Pears Recipe With Maple Cinnamon Granola

Cider poached pears with maple cinnamon granola

  • serves 4
  • Easy

This recipe for cider poached pears with maple cinnamon granola makes an easy but delicious vegetarian dessert for four



  • dry cider 800ml -1 litre
  • lemon peel 1 strip
  • caster sugar 50g
  • cinnamon stick 1
  • ripe but firm pears 4
  • vanilla ice cream to serve


  • coconut oil 3 tbsp
  • maple syrup 4 tbsp
  • vanilla 1 pod, seeds scraped out
  • ground cinnamon 1 tsp
  • rolled oats 100g
  • flaked almonds 50g
  • pecans 50g, chopped
  • sunflower seeds 2 tbsp


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. To make the granola, melt the oil, maple syrup, vanilla seeds (keep the pod for the pears) and ground cinnamon in a small pan over a low heat until combined. Tip the remaining ingredients into a bowl with a pinch of salt, pour over the warmed liquid and mix well until everything is coated. Tip onto a baking paper lined tray and cook for 30 minutes until golden and crunchy. Stir every 10 minutes so the whole mix dries and toasts evenly. Allow to cool.

  • Step 2

    To make the pears, heat 800ml cider, the lemon peel, sugar, cinnamon stick and leftover vanilla pod in a wide pan or high-sided frying pan on a low heat until the sugar dissolves. Meanwhile, peel, halve and core the pears trying to keep the stalk intact. Cut a thin slice off the rounded side of the pear so they sit flat when cut-side up. Add to the poaching liquid (add more cider if you need to, to cover the pears) and cover the pan with a round piece of baking paper as big as the pan with a small hole cut into the middle to let out the steam. This holds the pears in the liquid and prevents them discolouring. Simmer for 20-30 minutes until the pears are tender, and slide off a knife easily. You can make these ahead and keep in the liquid off the heat until serving.

  • Step 3

    To serve, add the pear halves to 4 plates, top with a scoop of ice cream and scatter over the granola. The remaining granola will keep for 7 days in a sealed container and is great with yogurt for breakfast.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 632
  • Fat 29.7g
  • Saturates 9.3g
  • Carbs 62.4g
  • Sugars 45.7g
  • Fibre 9.1g
  • Protein 10.8g
  • Salt 0.1g