Every once in a while you get a craving for dessert that can't be ignored. Rather than trying to resist, give in to temptation and make these bourbon poached pears with vanilla ice cream. They are sure to satisfy that sweet tooth and leave you feeling absolutely happy.

During the cold months, a bowl of ice cream just doesn't sound good for dessert. But, when you add some homemade bourbon poached pears to the mix, that's a whole different story. The alcohol from the bourbon cooks out while you are poaching the pears so technically kids can also enjoy this dessert. Although, we doubt you'll want to share these delicious bourbon poached pears.

Bourbon poached pears

Serves 2


  • 2 pears, ripe but still firm
  • 1/3 cup bourbon (I like Four Roses Yellow Kentucky Straight Bourbon)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Vanilla ice cream


  1. Cut pears into slices and remove the core. The peel can be left on the pears or it can be removed.
  2. In a small saucepan, add the bourbon, honey and vanilla extract over medium heat. Stir to combine. Add the star anise and cinnamon stick.
  3. Once the honey has dissolved, add the pears, cover with a lid and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the pears are nice and soft.
  4. Remove the pears with a slotted spoon and put them in a bowl. Keep the syrup in the saucepan and turn up the heat to medium-low. Let this continue to cook for 5 to 10 minutes so that it can reduce down to a syrup.
  5. Once the syrup is done, turn the stove off and transfer the syrup to a small bowl. Remove and discard the star anise and cinnamon stick.
  6. Put the bourbon poached pears in 2 serving bowls, top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzle the syrup over the ice cream. Enjoy!

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