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three spiced poached pears in a grey bowl with apple juice syrup.
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Spiced poached pears (without wine)

These spiced poached pears are made with apple juice, and so without alcohol, for a fun dessert perfect for fall. Vegan, gluten free and low histamine recipe. Makes 4 servings.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert, Party food
Cuisine: American, British
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Claire


  • 4 large pears
  • 3 cups apple juice
  • 1 cm piece of ginger
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon optional
  • 1 star anise optional
  • ¼ cup pistachios crushed


  • Peel the pears and add to a large pan with the apple juice, ginger, cardamom and optional cinnamon and star anise. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a light simmer. Cook for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the pears from the pan, then increase the apple juice mixture to a light boil. Boil for around 15 minutes until the juice reduces and becomes a syrup.
  • Plate the pears and then drizzle on the syrup. Sprinkle with pistachios. Enjoy!


  • Be very careful when handling the syrup as it gets very hot - use tongs!
  • Reduce the syrup for as long as you wish. The longer it is boiled, the more it will reduce and thicken.
  • Cinnamon and star anise are both debated in terms of histamine, so only use if you know you tolerate well. The pears will still be flavourful without these ingredients.
Swiss Interest Group Histamine Intolerance (SIGHI) food compatibility list for histamine
All ingredients score 0 on the SIGHI list, with the exception of:
  • pears, which score 1.
  • ginger, which scores 1.
  • cinnamon scores 0 but is higher on other lists.
  • star anise is not scored but just has a ?