While Nate was enjoying his birthday cake leftovers for days, I was feeling kind of left out on the dessert-front. It’s not that Nate wouldn’t share his leftovers with me, it’s more that I didn’t think I needed to be eating such a high calorie dessert every night…at least until I start working out regularly again :(

But I’m the kind of person that needs a little something sweet after meals. I’m pretty sure I can thank my dad for that nasty little habit.

Anyway, I figured if I made a dessert on the heatlhy side, it would satisfy me plenty while Nate chowed down on cake.

As you know, I still have lots of cider in my fridge, so I thought I’d put it to good use. In my search for cider recipes, I came across one for Cider Poached Pears with a Yogurt sauce. I altered it slightly, based on ingredients I had available, and the result was totally delicious.

And the best part is that when Nate walked into the apartment, he said that it smelled “like cider.” What an awesome natural air freshener! And it even made it feel a little closer to fall :)

Cider-Poached Pears with Honey Yogurt Sauce
Adapted from Curtis Stone

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Serves 8


2 cups apple cider (non-alcoholic!)
2 oranges, juice (approx 1 cup), one zested and one peeled, peels reserved
2 cinnamon sticks
1 vanilla pod, split lengthways
4 pears, peeled, halved and cores removed with Parisian scoop (melon baller)
1 containter 2% Greek yogurt
1 1/2 Tbsp honey
1/4 tsp cinammon or more as desired


Put first 3 ingredients in large pot. Scrape seeds out of vanilla bean and add seeds and bean to pot. Bring ingredients to a boil.

Add the pears and cook at a gentle simmer for 10-20 minutes or until a paring knife inserted into the pears meets a little resistance. Cooking time will be determined by the ripeness of the pears.

Remove from heat and allow pears to cool in the poaching liquid.

Once cool, remove pears from liquid and set aside.

Return poaching liquid to medium heat and reduce to a glaze.

In small bowl, combine yogurt, honey and cinnamon.

To serve, slice the pears in quarters from top to bottom, place in the center of four serving plates, spoon over some yogurt and drizzle with glaze.


  1. I need desserts like this, too. It’s so light but still looks amazing. I just love the smell of cider and spices, so it would definitely be another bonus of this recipe for me.

  2. This would be amazing and so great smelling and tasting. I adore cider – I just spent 3 years in the home of cider, Bristol – problem is when I drink it I drink too much :D. What sort of cider did you use? This looks so delicious. Great blog.

    • oooh, the home of cider! very cool, I have to visit. This is non-alcoholic apple cider. Any brand will do. I happened to have some Trader Joe’s branch Cranberry Apple Cider, hence the reddish tint. Thanks…I hope you’ll stop back soon :)

  3. I always need something sweet after dinner too. Great idea to use up some cider- looks really good!

  4. i love healthy desserts! poached pears sound amazing! i love baking my pears with fresh pressed apple/orange juice and then eating it with maple syrup and cinnamon!

    • I bet baked pears are equally delicious…i love baked apples. Although, for some reason mine always end up exploding. So i guess poaching is safer for me ;)

  5. OMG. This dessert sounds beyond amazing!!! I need this asap.

    • Thanks, Caroline. I hope you’ll make it! Btw, sorry my computer made me comment on ur site twice…please feel free to delete one :)

  6. This is absolutely amazing. The images represent the dish so well I can taste all the flavors right now. Great job. Cheers!

  7. What a great dessert and you’re right it’s one that’s not guilt inducing. I can almost smell it.

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