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Cinnamon Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce, with Instant Pot pressure cooker option

Fresh pears are at their peak this time of year, and these vegan cinnamon poached pears with chocolate sauce make an elegant yet simple dessert showcasing the beautiful seasonal bell-shaped fruit. It’s a marriage made in heaven–bittersweet chocolate sauce draping over perfectly poached citrus and cinnamon scented pears. Poach the pears in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker, or in a saucepan, stovetop. 

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“There are only 10 minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat.” Back in my bakery days, I’d heard that saying about pears, so I Googled it. It’s a quote from poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. Who knew? I bet he would have loved this dessert.

Ten minutes might be an exaggeration, but it’s certainly true that perfectly ripe pears are key to perfectly poached pears. This means pears should definitely not be mushy, but neither should they be rock hard. Aim for just ripe, but still firm, with color just beginning to change from green to yellow.

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Here’s another piece of trivia–pears don’t ripen well on the tree—they’re picked when unripe. Let firmer pears ripen at home a day or so under your watchful eyes. Timing will depend on how firm they are when you buy them. If you need to slow down the ripening—keep them refrigerated.

Made with coconut oil, coconut milk, and maple syrup, this bittersweet chocolate sauce is dairy-free—and takes just 10 minutes to make. Pour on top of sweet fragrant poached pears for a true wow-factor dessert–cinnamon poached pears with chocolate sauce.

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Cinnamon Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce recipe notes and details:

  • Poach pears quickly in a pressure cooker: Simply slip the peeled pears into the hot syrup, lock the lid and bring to high pressure for 3 minutes. Quick release the pressure. Then, carefully remove the pears with a slotted spoon and let cool. When the syrup has cooled a bit, pour it over the pears. See recipe for more detailed instructions.
  • Belle-Hélène is the name for the classic French dessert of poached pears with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream. To say it another way—vanilla ice cream is an ideal complement for cinnamon poached pears with chocolate sauce!
  • You can substitute Bosc or D’Anjou pears for Bartletts, just make sure they are in their heyday of ripeness, which is harder to narrow down because both Bosc and D’Anjou varieties are more firm when ripe. Look for a bit of softness at the stem end.
  • Make ahead: Refrigerated in the poaching liquid, poached pears will keep about 5 days, with the cinnamon flavor getting stronger each day. You can prepare the chocolate sauce ahead as well, and rewarm it just before serving.

Here’s another recipe featuring fresh seasonal pears: Romaine Salad with Pears, Blue cheese, and Pecans.

You might also want to try these Double Chocolate Maple Pear Muffins.

This recipe first appeared on Pressure Cooking Today where I’m a contributor.

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Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce with Pressure Cooker option
Amount Per Serving
Calories 813 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 23g144%
Sodium 61mg3%
Potassium 624mg18%
Carbohydrates 129g43%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 103g114%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 60IU1%
Vitamin C 17.7mg21%
Calcium 205mg21%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

7 comments

  • Maura Mark

    Yum, may be in my Thanksgiving line up! Thanks Letty Reply · 17 October, 2016

    • Thank you Maura! Reply · 17 October, 2016

  • I like your quote. I thought I was just a fussy pear eater because I too find the window of eating quite small. I’m glad to know that Emerson is just as fussy! These poached pears are perfect dinner party food. I like a showstopper at the end of the meal, but unless I can make it ahead as you describe here I usually break out the ice cream. These pears are far more elegant. GREG Reply · 22 October, 2016

    • Thanks Greg! I know you will love this recipe! Reply · 23 October, 2016

  • Hi Letty ! Great resource for Cinnamon Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce recipe you have shared with us . It looks so yummy and tasty ,Thanks for this resource. It would be great if you join my food community with your great ideas.. Thanks 🙂 🙂 Reply · 26 October, 2016

  • Carole

    Love the poached pears recipe! Yum! Reply · 24 March, 2019

    • Thank you Carole. I’m delighted to hear the recipe works well for you! Reply · 24 March, 2019

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