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Poached Pear with Cinnamon Quills and Brandy


I sat in my kitchen trying to come up with a dessert that was slightly unusual and not something that most people would have tried.

The problem with being a male who loves cooking is this

1. I  always have that urge to justify why what I am making is masculine.

2. I am lazy.

With both of these factors in mind and a bowl of pears sitting under my nose I came up with the following recipe.

It is simple, delicious and contains brandy (the masculine part).

Serve this dish up the next time you have someone over and they will be blown away by the mix of flavour and presentation.


  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 pears (peeled)
  • 3 cinnamon quills
  • ¼ cup brandy

  • In a large deep pot over a medium heat stir the water, sugar, cinnamon and brandy until the sugar is dissolved. Bring to the boil.
  • Add the peeled pears  (leave the stalk on),  reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Make sure the pears stay under the syrup while cooking.
  • Serve with ice cream and bittersweet chocolate chips/shavings
Slice off the rounded base of the pear to achieve a flat surface on which to sit the pear for serving.