Cranberry Poached Pears

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Pears Poached in Cranberries with Salted Sour Cream

Cranberry Poached Pears with Salted Sour Cream


Hi, friends! Happy Leap Year Day!  It’s always so weird to me when there’s a February 29th.  It’s kind of a bummer too because March is the lead into spring for me with all kinds of things to look forward to. Having an extra day of February is just dragging out the winter blues!


Cranberry Poached Pears with Salted Sour Cream


At least today it looks like spring here in Charlotte, so that’s a positive thing for a Monday!  The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and it’s supposed to get up to the high 60’s.  Thank goodness!


Cranberry Poached Pears with Salted Sour Cream


Even though it looks like spring and sunshine here, the produce department is still stocked with winter items, so I thought I’d share these pears poached in cranberries with salted sour cream while it’s still technically winter.  I made these several weeks ago and there were still fresh cranberries available at the Publix.  If you can’t find them anymore, just use frozen ones and give thanks that it means spring is almost here.


Cranberry Poached Pears with Salted Sour Cream


And enjoy the pretty pink and red colors because I have a feeling that starting tomorrow we are going to be seeing a lot of green!

Have a fantastic week!


Pears Poached in Cranberries with Salted Sour Cream

Pears Poached in Cranberries with Salted Sour Cream

Author: Rachelle Corson-Webber


  • 4 Pears (I used Bartlett), peeled, stems intact
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 large strip orange peel
  • 1 large strip lemon peel
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1 12 ounce bag of fresh cranberries
  • 1 green tea bag
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1-2 tsp salt


  1. In a saucepan or Dutch oven cover the pears with water
  2. Add sugar, cinnamon, orange peel, lemon peel, honey, lemon juice, and vanilla bean paste
  3. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved, reduce heat,and simmer until pears are tender, about 10 minutes
  4. Add cranberries and simmer for 2-4 minutes, until cranberries are soft
  5. Transfer pears to a serving dish then spoon cranberries and liquid around pears.
  6. Add tea bag, cool 15 - 20 minutes, cover and refrigerate overnight
  7. Before serving, bring to room temperature, remove tea bag, cinnamon stick, and citrus peals
  8. Stir together sour cram and salt
  9. Spoon 1/4 sour cream mixture onto each one of 4 serving plates or bowls
  10. Arrange one pear on each plate and spoon cranberry liquid, if desired, over top
  11. Optional - garnish with a touch of sea salt and fresh tarragon
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Adapted (slightly) from Martha

Pears Poached in Cranberries with Salted Sour Cream

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44 Responses to Pears Poached in Cranberries with Salted Sour Cream

  1. Leap year is always weird, as I was scheduling my post for today I kept thinking “February 29th just seems all sorts of wrong”… and I feel bad for anyone unfortunate enough to be born on leap year day. Bummer. LOVE these pears, Rach! Pink is my favorite color, so you totally had me there, but these look seriously delicious!! Never had salted sour cream before, and obviously I need to correct that immediately! Cheers, doll – to a beautiful day.. and OMG, this weather is everything! N to the C loving! 😉 xo

  2. Okay – you and Chey need to send a little of that sunshine my way! Our temps are rising – which is fabuloso but I need sun. And I need it now. Until then – I’ll enjoy the sweet pink color of these gorgeous pears! So pretty and I know so delicious!

  3. YUM! I love poached pears. They’re so simple, yet so elegant.

    It’s been mild in Chicago too, although tonight we’re under a winter storm warning. More snow. 🙁 Enjoy living in the South you lucky lady.

    • Oh dear! I hope it isn’t too bad up there! Your are always welcome to visit! 🙂 P.S. Be sure to bring the Breakfast King! 🙂

  4. Poached pears are one of my favorites! I always cook them in a spiced red wine mixture so very happy (and surprised) to see a non-boozy version from you. What’s going on over there? Is everything okay? lol!
    Also, you are so fancy with the salted sour cream. I didn’t even know that was a thing but now that I do know, I’ll be making it all the time. Yummy 🙂

  5. I heard on the news this morning that some people have “leap envy”….wishing they were born on leap year! Hey, every birthday would be a HUGE celebration! I love these pears…I need to start eating more fruit for dessert and a little less chocolate!

  6. What a beautiful Spring inspired dessert! I have only ever had a poached pear once in a restaurant, but this one with cranberry sounds a lot nicer.
    Yay for it nearly being Spring – it can’t come quick enough.

  7. I wish I had your spring weather! Although it was 60 here last weekend and will be next week too. I’m in awe of these pretty pears! I’ve never had a poached pear before, or even seen one quite like this. So creative! I love the salted sour cream, too. Delish!

  8. Haha…you are totally right that we’ll be seeing a lot of green soon. That makes these poached pears even more attractive! Great recipe…I’m loving the pear + cranberry combination. And I’m also jealous at your weather. Send some up here? Along with a pear or two?

  9. How beautiful! This is just really gorgeous. And that pink color really is fantastic. This would be a real stunner at a party.

  10. Pears are one of my very favorite fruits and they looks so gorgeous dressed in that pretty pink color! And the salted sour cream sounds totally amazing! Isn’t this just the best time of year?! Those first few warm and sunny days after months of grey-cold, are always so fantastic!

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