Spice-Poached Pears with Vanilla Ice Cream


Spice-Poached Pears with Vanilla Ice Cream is a sublime dessert featuring ripe pears simmered in spice-spiced port. Served with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream, it’s a delightful blend of warm, aromatic spices and cool, sweet indulgence—a perfect harmony of flavours and textures.

Chai-Poached Pears with ice cream

Ralph Waldo Emerson said that “There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat.” If you are lucky enough to come across some pears in that precious timeframe, here is a way to prepare them that will knock your socks off.

Chai-Poached Pears

Chai-Poached Pears

Spice-Poached Pears with Vanilla Ice Cream

A delightful dessert of ripe pears simmered in spiced port and served with creamy vanilla ice cream. A perfect balance of warm, aromatic spices and sweet, cool indulgence.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French, Indian & South Asian
Servings 2 Servings


  • 2 tsp Railway Chai or
  • 2 tsp Monsoon Mulling Spice
  • 1 cup Port Recommend Salt Spring Vineyards Blackberry Port
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 2 whole Pears Ripe - Peeled and Halved
  • Vanilla Ice Cream Good Quality


  • Crush the Railway Chai or Mulling spices slightly in a mortar and pestle.
    2 tsp Railway Chai, 2 tsp Monsoon Mulling Spice
  • Put port and spices into a small sauce pan. Bring to boil. Lower heat to simmer. Leave uncovered about 5 minutes until reduced by half.
    1 cup Port
  • Add honey and stir well.
    2 tbsp Honey
  • Add the pears and poach for 3-4 minutes or until desired consistency.
    2 whole Pears
  • Take the pears out carefully. Strain out the spices. Return strained port to pot and further reduce to a thick syrup.
  • Place pears in a bowl with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, spoon spiced port on top.
    Vanilla Ice Cream
Keyword Chai, Poached Pear
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