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Apple Cider Poached Pears With Vanilla Bean "Nice Cream"

A fruit bowl this is not. A blend of tart and sweet fruit steals the show in our vegan - friendly dessert recipe, including blended frozen bananas. Recipe was made exclusively for Becel by Chef Matt Dean Pettit.

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  • Cooking time2 hr 20 min
  • Prep time15 min
  • Servings4
recipe image Apple Cider Poached Pears With Vanilla Bean "Nice Cream"


  • 4 bananas, cut into pieces
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Becel® Buttery Taste margarine
  • 1 vanilla bean, halved and seeds scraped
  • 4 Bosc pears
  • 3 cups (750 mL) organic apple cider
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 1 cup (250 mL) fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) honey
  • Grated 70% cocoa dark chocolate to garnish

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)

(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)


  1. For Vanilla Bean "Nice Cream", place banana pieces on a parchment paper-lined tray and freeze for 2 to 3 hours.
  2. Meanwhile for For Apple Cider Poached Pear, peel pears and slice a thin layer off the base of each. In a large pot over medium-high heat, combine apple cider, cinnamon, star anise, orange juice, and honey. Lay pears in the pot on their sides, fully submerged in the poaching liquid.
  3. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer, poaching the pears for 1½ to 2 hours, turning at the 1-hour mark to not burn.
  4. When pears are soft, remove from the liquid and set aside. Bring the liquid back up to a boil and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until thickened.
  5. When ready to serve, complete Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. Add frozen bananas, Becel® Buttery Taste margarine* and vanilla bean paste to a food processor. Blend until the mixture looks like soft serve ice cream, approximately 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. To serve, place a poached pear vertically on a small dish and drizzle with thickened apple cider. Place a spoon of vanilla bean “nice cream” on the side. Top with grated chocolate.
*Becel Gold in Quebec.

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