Balsamic Poached Pears with Vanilla Ice Cream

By Arlene Mobley
Dazzle your holiday guests with this easy-to-make and delicious poached pear recipe served over vanilla ice cream. Your taste buds will be delighted by the tart and sweet flavor of the balsamic vinegar sauce.
  • Course: Dessert


  • apple juice
  • balsamic vinegar
  • brown sugar
  • Butter
  • cinnamon sticks
  • firm pears
  • lemon juice
  • vanilla beans
  • split lengthwise and scraped


  1. Place all the ingredients except the pears into a skillet and heat on low while peeling and coring the pears.
  2. Carefully place the peeled and cored pear halves into the skillet core side down. Place lid on pan.
  3. Bring to a low boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer 15 minutes and flip the pears over.
  4. Simmer 5 additional minutes. Remove pears from skillet with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  5. Increase the heat to medium
  6. Serve each pear half over vanilla ice cream and drizzle with the reduced balsamic sauce.