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Poached Pomegranate Spiced Pears

The idea of cooking pears in a rice cooker isn’t so far fetched, so when I got my hands on Panasonics 10-Cup Rice Cooker I knew I had to recreate this classic dessert in this smart machine.


  • 3 firm pears peeled, halved, cored
  • 2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 2 cups sparkling apple juice
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger peeled cut into thin slivers


  • Place pomegranate juice, apple cider, cinnamon stick, cloves, star anise, and ginger in rice cooker.
  • Place pear halves in poaching liquid.Close rice cooker and cook on "white rice" setting for 50 minutes, or until tender (a toothpick should go through easily).
  • Open cover and turn pears over. Let sit for 1 hour. Turn pears over again and let sit for another hour.
  • You can also refrigerate these overnight for a more intense flavour and colour. Serve