Spiced Apples and Pears - FFWD

9.14.2012


There are recipes that are good because of their simplicity. I think this spice-poached apples and pears is one of them. It´s Friday again, time for another recipe from the book Around My French Table for our FFWD group.
As I was peeling the fruit while the syrup was simmering, I had a contented feeling of peacefulness and wonder for the simple things. Fruits and spices do that for me. They remind me of the primal aspects of food and of myself in relation to the food. It connects me to my passion for it.
So I really enjoyed this recipe. Apples and pears are poached in a wonderfully fragrant syrup.
First a mixture of honey, sugar, lemon and orange peels, star anise, cinnamon and vanilla are boiled, the fruit is then dropped inside and cooked until tender. Finally the syrup is reduced and the baked fruit is bathed with it. So simple and yet so versatile. 


For the record, I never thought I would use my vegetable peeler so much, first for cucumber and zucchini ribbons, now for citrus peel. It´s turning out to be a most important gadget in Dorie-related recipes.
I used to poach pears to make the most wonderful frangipane pear tart, which I still have on my recipes-I-love-which-I-want-to-make-again-and-post list. I will get to it soon.
Today it was only about the soft, spiced and tender fruit, which I ate with a spoon directly from the bowl after I took some pictures. Not even a dollop of cream, which would be a great addition.
Tomorrow it will all be about pear and chocolate handpies made with this wonderful spiced pears. Yes, the most delicious mini pies for dessert.
Check out the rest of the group´s attempts at this recipe. Find the recipe here.

27 comments:

  1. I love simple recipes too, they are a perfect comfort food! :-) I am excited to see your next recipe, what a fun idea to put the pears in a handpie! :-) Hugs, Terra

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  2. We used apples and I think pears would have been better - looking forward to the pies!

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  3. Yes, so simple and so versatile - I loved this one too :)

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  4. I love simple food too. This sounds lovely. Just the thing for a chilly evening.

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  5. You are so right the simplicity of this dessert was wonderful and the smells were great too. Yours came out beautiful.

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  6. I definitely want to try this with pears, too. I like poached fruit any way I can get it.

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  7. I loved the way this smelled while it was cooking - if someone had a pot of this simmering on the stove while I was house hunting, I would be sold!

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  8. On tuesday I poached some apples from the family garden (surplus!). No vanilla. Cardamom + clove instead. Next time I'll try with pears... Apples and pears, such a lovely couple! ;-)

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  9. Paula, your poached fruit looks like perfectly delicious comfort food at its best! Great photos!

    Have a good weekend and happy baking for the Chocolate and Pear Handpies, I am sure that they will look beautiful and very pretty!

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  10. Simple but flavoursome I reckon with some Ice cream these could be quite indulgent :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  11. I found this recipe led to a little contemplation, too. I love your pretty presentation - we went for a homier version, with ice cream. I like the idea of chocolate pear handpies, with all the flavours infused by this poaching liquid. Great idea!

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  12. Yeah, pears were the way to go! I love all poached fruit so this was a no-brainer.

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  13. What a beautiful bowl of yumminess! Can't wait to see your frangipane tart :)

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  14. The poached fruit was delicious and a very easy and elegant dessert. Your spiced fruit looks lovely.

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  15. Your furit looks lovely. You are right, this was a great recipe. It was simple and delicious:)

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  16. Hey, both is better! Looks great.

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  17. Agreed. I'm amazed how much we've been using our vegetable peeler lately! And, I loved the sauce as well.

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  18. So you put the apples and pears together. Good for you. Never thought of that. Duh. I agree. Simple. Niccceee. I leave for SA tomorrow and will keep in touch as I travel toward BA. We'll make a plan but we definitely have the date. I am so looking forward to this.

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  19. There is something so comforting about the spices in this dish. I love the idea of combining them with chocolate. Mmmm.

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  20. (I hope this doesn't post twice. think blogger ate my comment. :-) The spice in this dish are so comforting and I love the idea of poached pears and chocolate. mmmm.

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  21. Your first pic looks so warm and inviting, I can smell the spices and feel Fall in the air! Have fun with Mary in Bs As!

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  22. I love your photos! This really was so simple and so delicious.
    That's exactly what I love about cooking as well. It's a simple pleasure that gives me so much satisfaction and peace.

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  23. It looks like a winner with most Doristas. Yours turned out well. Great photos.

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  24. Beautiful photos, Paula!! Your pears look perfect!! Funny how our peelers have been having a good work out lately! I loved the fragrance that permeated my kitchen after making these…and they were so good!! Have a lovely weekend!

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  25. I concur with all the Doristas on how stunning your photos are - just lovely. And I concur with you about the joy this simple dish brought. Very much invokes all the reasons we love to be in the kitchen. Extra credit points for trying to get pies out of the yummy pears !

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  26. I love what you said about the simplicity. I know that your seasons are opposite in South America, but here, the syrup's flavors catches the autumn season perfectly. Such comfort food! My attempt with apples failed, though I ended up with a tasty applesauce. I just bought some pears to try again. Enjoy your visit with Mary. Take some photos to share with us!

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