Easy Poached Pears

These easy poached pears are tender and lightly spiced with cinnamon and vanilla. The sauce adds just the right amount of sweetness, with the yogurt topping adding a creamy finish. If you prefer, you can skip the wine and use all apple cider with a squeeze of lemon juice in its place.

easy poached pears
Photo: Photography / Caitlin bensel, Food Styling / Emily Nabors Hall
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 1 ½ cups apple cider

  • ½ cup pinot grigio or other dry white wine

  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar plus 2 tablespoons, divided

  • 2 Bosc pears, peeled, halved and cored

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, divided

  • ½ cup whole-milk plain strained yogurt (such as Greek-style)


  1. Whisk cider, wine and 1/4 cup brown sugar together in a large saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Add pears and cinnamon stick; cover and reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Simmer, turning the pears occasionally, until the pears are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

  2. With a slotted spoon, transfer the pears to a bowl. Bring the cider mixture to a boil over medium-high heat; remove and discard cinnamon stick. Boil, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens and becomes syrupy, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon vanilla. Remove from heat and let cool slightly, about 10 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, whisk yogurt and the remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla in a small bowl until thoroughly combined.

  4. Place the pear halves on serving plates and top each with about 2 tablespoons yogurt mixture and 1 tablespoon cider syrup.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

261 Calories
2g Fat
55g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 pear half, 2 Tbsp. yogurt topping & 1 Tbsp. syrup
Calories 261
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 34g
Added Sugars 20g 40%
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Vitamin A 37IU 1%
Vitamin C 6mg 7%
Folate 11mcg 3%
Vitamin K 6mcg 5%
Sodium 18mg 1%
Calcium 61mg 5%
Magnesium 14mg 3%
Potassium 221mg 5%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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