Saffron Poached Pears


By: Kristina Todini, RDN

Saffron Poached Pears, a simple and seasonal fall and winter baked fruit dessert with saffron, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, and brown sugar. This delicious and easy recipe proves saffron isn’t just for savory foods!


  • 4 bosc pears, peeled and halved
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon saffron
  • 1 cinnamon stick




  1. Combine water, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, saffron, and cinnamon stick in a large pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Add bosc pear halves and reduce liquid to a simmer. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until pears are cooked and soft throughout. Remove pears and set aside on serving dish.
  3. Turn heat to high and reduce liquid until it forms a thick or syrupy consistency. Remove pot from heat, drizzle liquid over pears, and serve.