• 2 medium pears
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 whole star anise
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Cut the pears into 1-inch-thick wedges, removing and discarding the fibrous stems and seeds.
  2. In a Dutch oven combine water, granulated sugar, honey, star anise, and a pinch of salt.
  3. Once the sugar dissolves, add the pear wedges.
  4. Poach the pears for about 15 minutes, or until tender.
  5. Turn off the heat and let them cool in their poaching liquid.