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Easy Stewed Pears Recipe

Stewed pears simmered in a delightful spicy syrup with cinnamon and star anise. It is a simple dessert ready in no time and perfect for serving with ice cream, waffles, pancakes, or on its own.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Diet Vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 69kcal
Author Adina


  • 1 lb pears 450, Note 1
  • ¾ cup water 180 ml
  • 3 tablespoons sweetener more to taste, Note 2
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  • Syrup: Place water, lemon juice, spices, and sweetener in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Pears: In the meantime, cut pears into large cubes. You can peel them first if you like, but I never do.
  • Simmer: Add pears to the syrup, cover, and simmer gently for about 7 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and continue cooking for 5 to 8 minutes depending on the ripeness and type of pear. The fruit should be on the soft side but not mushy.


  1. From underripe to ripe, but not too ripe. The cooking time depends on the ripeness of the fruit.
  2. I use xylitol. Sub with granulated sugar (the same amount) or any other sweetener you like to taste.


Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 146mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 32IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg