Wedding Cake Testers: Poached Pear Cakes

Poaching fruit seems a wearisome and sugary task. First you have to peel everything.

Then you have to wait for sugar and water to boil, let the fruit soak in their little hot tub for a half hour, and let them stew in their own excretions until cool. Hot tubs are not super clean. I just thought about that when I wrote “stew in their own excretions.” I will never use that phrase to describe food again, but I am not going to edit it out now. Annnnyway, I put a poached pear recipe below. For a more detailed pear poaching tutorial, click here.

I used D’Anjou pears, which are not recommended because they are too soft and break up after poaching. Bartlett pears are more professional. I think they turned out fine, though, so if you are just craving a poached pear, do not hesitate. Use the D’Anjou.

But why go to all this trouble, you ask, when you could save yourself all that time and trouble and just eat the durn fruit?

And the right answer is (for all my fellow millenials who must say the right answer, thereby gaining end-game approval from their teachers and bosses) so I can make this, a honey poached pear cupcake. I was testing the recipe for a certain wedding in the near future. Which is so happy. May is upon us!

I don’t like pears too much anyway–they take forever to ripen, and by the time they do, they seem to have acquired all numbers of rotty spots and dents. In poached cupcake form, however, these cupcakes transcended mediocrity. The mashed pear in the batter is subtle, and the slice of pear on top gives a really sweet burst of pear. Pear explosion. The pear on top also helped moistify the cake, which would have bordered on dry without it.

I only made a half batch of these babies. It only took one pear, and I didn’t even frost them. Instead, I just drizzled the honey pear syrup from the poaching on top. And it was better than fine.

I overdose on vitamins and sugar daily,


Honey Poached Pears

Adapted from Couture Cupcakes

1/4 cup honey
1 2/3 cup sugar
1/2 vanilla bean
2 large pears*

Combine 3 cups water, honey and sugar in a large saucepan. Scrape the seeds out of the vanilla pod and add to saucepan.

Bring mixture to the boil and lower heat. Simmer for 10 minutes on low heat.Add the pears to the mixture and continue to simmer for 20 minutes or until the pears are tender.

Remove the saucepan off the heat and strain the pears into a large bowl. Pour the honey mixture over the pears and allow to cool before placing in refrigerator.

*I used D’Anjou pears, which are not recommended because they are too soft and break up after poaching–firmer varieties are better.

Honey Poached Pear Cupcakes

1/2 cup butter
1 honey poached pear, mashed
1 honey poached pear, sliced
1/2 cup syrup from poached pear
1 2/3 cup self raising flour
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line a 12 capacity muffin tray with cupcake liners.

Cream butter until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.Add eggs, one at a time. Beat well after each addition.

Alternately beat in the flour and the honey syrup in three lots. Fold in the mashed pear.

Evenly divide the cupcake batter into the cupcake liners and place a slice of the honey poached pear on top of the batter. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to cool completely before frosting. Drizzle with leftover honey poached pear syrup. If there is still syrup leftover, stick it in the fridge and then use it on the pancakes you will make later in the week, if you want to copy me. I can imagine your hesitation, but in this case, I highly recommend it.


5 Responses to “Wedding Cake Testers: Poached Pear Cakes”

  1. 1 CrookedPage May 6, 2011 at 5:10 am

    These look so yummy! I recently made a pear tart with gingerbread crust and since then I’ve looooved using pears in deserts.

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