Poached Pears with Chocolate Mousse and Crumble

  • Poached Pears with Chocolate Mousse and Crumble
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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 4 votes


  • 2 x pears
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 1 x vanilla bean
  • 50 g butter
  • 55 g plain flour
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tspn ginger
  • 1/2 tspn cinamon
  • 75 ml cream
  • 75 g dark chocolate
  • 1 Tbls olive oil


For the poached pears:
1. In a medium saucepan combine water, sugar and wine and stir over low heat until sugar dissolves. Add in vanilla bean.
2. Peel the pears with a vegetable peeler, leaving the stalks in tact. Cut out the core of the pear. Place pears in saucepan and bring to a simmer. Place lid on saucepan. Pears will be ready when they are soft – time can vary from 1/2 hour to 2 hours depending on ripeness of pears.
3. Once pears are poached allow to cool in the poaching liquid.
To make crumble:
4. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Combine butter, plain flour, brown sugar, ginger and cinamon in a food processor and process until like breadcrumbs. Place in a shallow tray and bake for 10 – 15 minutes until browned. This mixture can be crumbled. Allow to cool.
To make chocolate mousse:
5. Whip cream to soft peak stage.
6. Place chocolate in a bowl over a pot of simmering water and stir until melted. Stir in olive oil, stirring constantly. Fold chocolate mix into cream gently.
To serve:
Drizzle the plate with some melted chocolate. Place some crumble on the plate, top with poached pear. Put a scoop of mousse on plate also.

I love poached pears – and the combination of chocolate and pears is just heavenly.

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  • This recipe was very easy to follow, the pears I cooked were soft, creamy chocolate mousse and crunchy crumble, delicious.


    by Ruth Ciampa on 07/03/2013, 21:21
    Ruth Ciampa
  • Pear and chocolate just go so well with each other.


    by Filomena Han on 09/03/2013, 08:13
    Filomena Han
  • I saw this photo in Recipe + magazine and thought it looked great. Can’t wait to try the olive oil trick in the chocolate mousse!


    by Julia Ennis on 03/04/2013, 20:13
    Julia Ennis
    • Thanks Julia, I hope you enjoy this.


      by Carole DeMaria on 08/04/2013, 21:41
      Carole DeMaria
  • Now that pear season has truly begun, I look forward to trying this one day.


    by Sofia Christopoulos on 12/04/2013, 21:18
    Sofia Christopoulos