Vanilla Poached Pears with Orange Zest

We are still being spoilt by my Mom who is cooking us the most wonderful meals and desserts.  Pete was away on business last week and Dad had returned home to Johannesburg so it was just Mom and I.  I was having my normal day of doing a 101 things and had left the decision of what we were going to eat up to Mom.  After a long day and a warm soothing bath, I popped over to Mom for supper.  What a fabulous treat!  Firstly, I was handed a gin and tonic at the door.  Talk about service! 🙂  How can you have a bad night when it starts like that?  Then the smell – the most wonderful full bodied pork/bacon heaven hit my nasal passages. Mom was roasting a pork fillet wrapped in smokey bacon (think it’s called an armadillo) which she served with creamy mashed potatoes, buttery steamed brussel sprouts, roasted pears and gravy and if that wasn’t enough, keeping with the pears portion of the theme, presented me with a oh so yummy pudding of vanilla poached pears with orange zest (and just for good measure) some cream on the side. 😀  F A B U L O U S !

Vanilla poached pears with orange zest


4 pears peeled and halved lengthways
45ml sugar
¾ cup water
10ml vanilla extract
5ml orange zest
Cream for serving


  1. Place the pears, sugar, water and vanilla extract in a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat and simmer until the pears are tender.
  3. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  4. Remove the pears and plate 2 per portion.
  5. Stir through the orange zest into the syrup and pour over the pears.
  6. Serve with cream.