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Sandy’s Pear Panna Cotta with Poached Pear

Ingredients Poached pear: 

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla essence
  • 3 cups water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large Abate Fetel pears


  1. Combine vanilla essence, water and sugar in a large pot
  2. Place pot on a medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves
  3. Peel pears
  4. Add pears and cook for about 20 minutes with pot partially covered with lid
  5. Turn pears occasionally to ensure that they poach evenly
  6. Once tender transfer pears from a pot to a bowl and pour the poaching liquid onto top of the pears
  7. Leave to cool to room temperature
  8. To prepare: cut the pears in half length ways leaving about 2 cm at the top so pear stem holds the pear together

Ingredients Pear Panna Cotta

  • 3 Abate Fetel pears
  • 1 packet gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • pinch of salt


  1. Peel and chop pears
  2. Place on a small pot with a few tablespoons of water on a medium heat and bring to a simmer
  3. Cook until pears are tender. Remove from heat and allow to cool
  4. Use a hand blender to puree pears until smooth
  5. Pass puree through a sieve and set aside
  6. Place water in small dish and sprinkle gelatin over
  7. Rest for 5 minutes until gelatin has dissolved and has softened
  8. Combine the cream, milk, pear puree, sugar, vanilla essence, and salt in a small pot.
  9. Add cinnamon stick
  10. Heat to a simmer and allow to steep for 5 minutes
  11. Add gelatin mixture and stir until gelatin dissolves
  12. Take off heat and strain through a sieve into large measuring cup with pouring spout
  13. Pour into molds and refrigerate until set

To Serve: 

  1. Once panna cotta has set dip mold into warm water for 5 seconds to release the panna cotta
  2. Place from mold onto plate
  3. Add poached pear and drizzle with a little of the poaching sauce
  4. Enjoy
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