Star Anise Poached Pears

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star anise poached pears

Hi everyone! I’ve got a delicious and super-quick and easy recipe for star anise poached pears. If you have never combined star anise with fruit, I highly recommend that you do, the two are a wonderful combination.

If you make these pears, be aware that a lot of great anise flavor is in the cooking liquid so don’t throw it away, drizzle it over the pears.

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Star Anise Poached Pears

An easy recipe for flavorful star anise poached pears.
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: poached pears, star anise poached pears
Servings: 2
Calories: 350kcal


  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 Taylor's Gold pears, peeled, cored and halved
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans


  • Put all ingredients into a tall, narrow pot. Make sure the pears are submerged.
  • Bring the liquid to a boil.
  • Turn down the heat and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
  • Transfer pear halves to bowls, sprinkle with the nuts and drizzle some cooking liquid over them.


Calories: 350kcal

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  1. Laura Curtin @ Incredibly Edible says:

    Oh, I love that you are going to include Food Photography and Styling advice in each post Nicole!!! I think you should write a book! You are amazing at telling a story with your photography! I can’t wait for the next post:) Can I ask, what settings you used on your camera for this shot?

  2. says:

    Beautiful photo, so full of light. I’m very interested in this rule of thirds- I’m afraid it completely doesn’t work for me and instead of thirds I usually end up with the rule of 5th or even worse haha I wish I could keep the same modest style and to be able to say a story behind the picture. Beautifully done!

    • Nicole B. says:

      Haha Marta! I totally agree that the rule of thirds is often really hard to obey and I don’t always follow it by any means. I find though that when I do manage to follow it, it works really well. Having said that I think a finer dissection (such as 5th like you say) is often really nice in a food photo, too. The one thing that I try hard to stay away from is to cut the frame into two halves, that always ends up looking like two separate photos clumped together. :)

  3. Pang @circahappy says:

    I truly love everything about this photo, and your approach in your post. I really like reading about your setting & styling; those tips are helpful :)

    Of course, I love the backlight, Heath Ceramics and that rule of thirds as well; they all go well and compliment each other.

    Well done, my friend :)

  4. Cheryl says:

    Love the new approach! Very helpful. I love the translucent element of the pears and how you worked that into your shot. Can’t wait for more of these :)

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