Cider Poached Pears and Peaches Brunch

When I bought these pears I had no idea what I was going to make with them. In fact, I could have quite happily have had a mini photo shoot just with these pears.

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Then I drove past the local cider press, Thatchers HQ, and an idea sprang to mind. 

I have never poached a fruit for fear of them ended up soggy and looking like a damp squib.

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I stand corrected. 

Ingredients (makes one serving) : 

  • 1 pear
  • 2 peaches
  • half a lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 250ml cider. I used Thatchers 2012 Vinatge Oak aged Somerset Cider. Sop local all! Well local to me anyway! 
  • 2 handfuls of granola. I used Bendylegs because it's delicious.
  • vanilla yoghurt to serve.
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Pre heat your oven to 180 degrees/Gas Mark 4. Carefully peel your ripe but not mushy pear and cut a little off the bottom so it stands upright. I used a baking loaf tin as it was the perfect size. Slice your peaches in half and place in the tin. Add your lemon, cinnamon, nutmeg and pour over the cider.

Bake for 30 minutes and baste half way through until the fruit has absorbed almost all the cider sauce. 

Serve immediately with a scattering of granola and vanilla yogurt. 

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A lazy Sunday brunch or replace the granola and yoghurt for ice cream and use for an entertaining dessert idea. 

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If you wanted to make the recipe more child friendly poach in apple juice. 

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I love Autumnal recipes. What are you making this week?

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and Michelle at Utterly Scrummy