Ottolenghi’s Saffron and Cardamon Pears


If I ever find myself in London, after I dump my bags at my hotel, I think I would head straight to Yotam Ottolenghi’s restaurant.  I have blogged previously about his delicious Iranian rice and quinoa recipe (from his vegetarian cookbook Plenty) and most recently I have seen his TV series travelling through the Mediterranean.

I then become hooked on Yotam’s latest cookbook (co-written with Sami Tamimi) about their homeland, Jerusalem.  So many great recipes and a revelation to me about how fantastic the food in that city must be.

The first recipe I made from the Jerusalem book was for these pears. I know I only recently posted a recipe for pears, but you will thank me for sharing.

One word  = PERFECTION.

It is coming into Autumn here in Australia and pears are starting to flood the fruit shops. Poached pears are a simple and quick ending to a meal. We are trying to reduce our sugar intake so these were a real treat. I will try these again cooking with coconut palm sugar one day soon.   

We had the pears served with a little drizzle of cream, rather than the recommended creme fraiche as that was what I had in the fridge.  The left-over poaching syrup was delicious as a refreshing drink with soda water.

I didn’t adapt the recipe at all, other than adding a bit more water and to cut the pears in half.

Recipe here



About Soul Kitchen Blog

Welcome to Soul Kitchen Blog. Sure food ultimately is fuel for the body but made with love is so much more and truly nourishes the soul. As cliche as it sounds, life really is too short to eat bad food and drink bad wine. I have a passion for cooking and a love of good food. I am committed to my quest of searching for fabulous recipes that just so happen to be gluten free. In recent years I discovered that I have intolerance to gluten and whilst its changed my eating habits somewhat, I refuse to allow it to limit my choices to eat well or make those that I cook for feel that they are missing out on anything. My mandate is simple... Feed the body and nourish the soul. I look forward to sharing my journey with you ....
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3 Responses to Ottolenghi’s Saffron and Cardamon Pears

  1. I love using saffron and I am always on the look out for pear recipes. I will try this today, it looks nice and simple.

  2. Pingback: Poached Pear Tart | Bacteriopages

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