Poached pears in spiced tea

This low-fat, easy and fresh-tasting pudding is perfect for feeding a crowd on a budget

  • Prep:5 mins
    Cook:20 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 131
  • fat 0g
  • saturates 0g
  • carbs 34g
  • sugars 34g
  • fibre 4g
  • protein 1g
  • salt 0.02g


  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp clear honey
  • 1 tbsp redcurrant or cranberry jelly
  • 2 spiced fruit tea bags (Pukka's 'revitalise' is good, or apple & cinnamon)
  • 4 firm pears, peeled, halved and core scooped out with a spoon
  • handful fresh cranberries
  • yogurt or sweetened crème fraîche with a little orange juice or zest, to serve


Emily's tip
This recipe works well with plums, too. You could also try using whatever fruit teas you have at home and adding a cinnamon stick and vanilla pod in with the poaching liquid, if you have them.


  1. Put the sugar, honey, jelly and tea bags into a big saucepan with 600ml water and bring to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the pear halves, then cover and simmer for 12-15 mins until the pears are just tender – poke them with a skewer or the tip of a knife.

  2. Lift out the pears, then turn up the heat, throw in the cranberries and boil for a few mins until syrupy. Discard the tea bags. Serve the pears with the warm syrup poured over and a spoonful of crème fraîche or yogurt.

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