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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.
  • Cooking time2 hr 20 min
  • Prep time15 min
  • ServingsPortions 4
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
Energy (kcal)535 kcal
Energy (kJ)2235 kJ
Protein (g)4.2 g
Carbohydrate incl. fibre (g)104.4 g
Carbohydrate excl. fibre (g)92.7 g
Sugar (g)75.0 g
Fibre (g)11.6 g
Fat (g)14.4 g
Saturated fat (g)6.8 g
Unsaturated fat (g)6.2 g
Monounsaturated fat (g)4.8 g
Polyunsaturated fat (g)1.5 g
Trans fat (g)0.5 g
Cholesterol (mg)1 mg
Sodium (mg)17 mg
Salt (g)0.04 g
Vitamin A (IU)366 IU
Vitamin C (mg)48.7 mg
Calcium (mg)77 mg
Iron (mg)4.08 mg
Potassium (mg)1002 mg


  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.