Spiced Pears: cheese platter

Adding Spiced pears to a cheese platter will instantly bring a level of elegance and a personal touch. This gorgeous recipe is quick and easy to make but it looks so great you’ll impress yourself. Enjoy over the Christmas season or anytime really.

Spiced Pears


  • Juice and rind of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper corns
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon quill
  • 2 Tb honey
  • 2 Tb caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup port or wine of choice
  • 3 large or 4 small pears peeled, cut in quarters and deseeded


  1. Place all ingredients in a large saucepan or pot and stir to combine.
  2. Turn heat up to a low simmer and continue to cook until mixture becomes thick and pears are soft (approximately 30 minutes).
  3. Allow to cool.
  4. Serve with cheese and crackers.


  • If heat is too high and liquid evaporates before the pears have cooked through, add a little extra water to allow the pears more cooking time. 
  • Spiced pear mix keeps for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
  • Try serving spiced pears with camembert cheese, a soft blue cheese or vintage cheddar.
  • For a refined sugar version then replace the sugar and honey with 1/3 cup of rice malt syrup.
  • Around the festive season, they can be given as a beautiful gift in a little glass jar. 

making spiced pears

Spiced pear ingredients in the pot simmering away.

Happy Cooking,

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