Poaching pears for pud may not be as popular a dessert as the quintessentially British crumble, but when it comes to the end of a large meal, sometimes the humble pear is the icing on top of the cake. A poached pear is an ideal, lighter alternative to a winter pudding: warming, delicious and fat-free.
Plus, it gives you the excuse to open that extra bottle of wine, so who’s complaining now?!
A pear’s seasonality is from September through to January, and it’s a fruit that’s synonymous with Christmas, second perhaps only to the clementine.