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Couple of weeks ago I took the baby, Aleksandra, and my now preschooler, Ana, out to our backyard for a little picnic. According to Ana, our backyard is “the forest”. We set up our blanket and food under the pear tree and had the best 15 minutes of this Summer; tea sandwiches, juices, and fruits.

back yard garden

To the right of this photo are all our fruit trees; apple, plum, fig, pear, peach… What you see in the middle is our vegetable garden, in front of that is another fruit tree, quince, and somewhere in between all this is our house right behind the grape vine. :)

As we nibbled on our sandwiches I looked up at the pears and was pretty surprised to see that they were about ready to be picked and dealt with.

Pear Tree @diethood

Don’t be surprised if you see pear recipes popping up every day on this site. ;) We have a lot of pears. We already gave a bushel to one of our neighbors. Getting ready to give away couple more.

These poached pears were the first of the many desserts I decided to make. In fact, this is how I deal with most of the pears every year; poach them in simple syrup and then put them in jars. What’s great about that is that they stay good for an entire year, and a quick dessert is only a twist of a lid away.

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The recipe for these blushing pears was given to my Mom many years ago from one of her customers. The difference here is that these pears are poached in water, not syrup, with Jell-O powder. You want to serve these either right away, or refrigerate and serve within 24 hours. The only things you need to serve with these pears is a side of whipped cream, a drizzle of honey and chopped walnuts. Easy to prepare, yet elegant and classy.

When you are done with the pears, pour the remaining of the liquid into dessert dishes and refrigerate for a few hours before serving up another dessert – Jello!

blushing poached pears | @diethood

Blushing Poached Pears
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Serves: 4 pears
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 Jell-O packets (3-ounces each), or gelatin powder, strawberry or raspberry flavored
  • 4 Bosc pears, peeled, leaving stem on
  • Honey
  • chopped walnuts
  • whipped cream
  1. Pour the water into a large pot and mix in the gelatin powders.
  2. Bring water to a boil and stir to dissolve the powder.
  3. Add in the pears and partially cover the pot with a lid.
  4. Simmer on medium-low heat for 30 to 35 minutes, or until tender, stirring frequently for even color.
  5. Remove pears and let cool for 5 minutes.
  6. Drizzle honey and nuts over the pears and serve with a side of whipped cream.
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  1. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen September 26, 2012 at 8:12 PM - Reply

    Fruit trees and a vegetable garden! Lucky you!

  2. mjskit September 25, 2012 at 6:25 PM - Reply

    It’s amazing what mothers can do with Jell-o! :) Love the name for these pears!!! What a beautiful color and they look so delicious! I’m a huge fan of poached pears and very envious of your backyard with all of the fruit trees and that lovely garden! I can see why your favorite picnic ground is right out the back door. :)

  3. Sandra's Easy Cooking September 24, 2012 at 8:37 PM - Reply

    You have gorgeous garden…and of course back yard. i bet your kids are enjoying every minute..well the older one. I know mine are are always looking forward to visit their grandparents so they can make a mess and run around the backyard.
    Now, i wouldn’t mind drooling over any pear recipe. I love pears and I love your post…very tasty recipe, for sure must try!

  4. Kristy September 24, 2012 at 5:16 PM - Reply

    So colorful and delicious Kate! And what a bountiful backyard you have. I love that Ana calls it the forest. I imagine she enjoys many adventures out there. :)

  5. Liz September 24, 2012 at 5:07 PM - Reply

    Wow, how lucky you are with all the fruit trees! And your poached pears are gorgeous!

  6. PolaM September 24, 2012 at 12:20 PM - Reply

    How did you get that perfect color! They must taste delicious!

  7. Stephanie September 24, 2012 at 10:17 AM - Reply

    How simple. Jealous of your backyard! =)

  8. Terra September 24, 2012 at 9:32 AM - Reply

    Your backyard does look pretty awesome, and so jealous you have all those fruit trees:-) Your pears are gorgeous, and what a fun idea to add jello. The color of the pears is so vibrant and cheerful! Hugs, Terra

  9. Ramona September 24, 2012 at 6:15 AM - Reply

    You have an amazing garden…. you are your own fruit and veggie stand! Love these very pretty blushing poached pears….very elegant. :)

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