Hot toddy poached pears

Hot toddy, just perfect for that late chilly autumn days or sharp cold winter days. Hot toddy poached pears on the other hand just the easiest dessert that seems a little fancy 😀 

Bourbon and spices add the punch to the hot toddy, make it when you have a sore throat and feeling a bit sickish!!! 

Serve the Hot toddy poached pears with crunchy hazelnut crumble and a dollop of whipped cream. The hot toddy syrup brings it all together 🙂 

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Hot toddy poached pears

Spiced bourbon Hot toddy poached pears with hazelnut crumble, fluffy whipped cream and hot toddy syrup

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Bourbon, fall flavors, hot toddy, pear, poached pear, Spiced Rum
Prep Time 1 hour
Servings 3


Hazelnut Crumble

  • 50 gm Rolled oats heaped ½ cup
  • 50 gm Butter 3 tbsp
  • 30 gm All purpose Flour 2 tbsp
  • 50 gm Brown sugar/ Demerara ¼ cup
  • 30 gm Chopped Hazelnuts ¼ cup
  • 1-2 tsp Cinnamon powder

Hot Toddy ( Poaching Liquid)

  • 120 ml Bourbon ½ cup
  • 50 gm Granulated Sugar ¼ cup
  • 240 ml Water 1 cup
  • 60 gm Honey
  • 120 ml Apple juice ½ cup
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 Star Anise
  • 4 Cloves
  • 2 Lemon slices
  • 3 peeled Pears for poaching firm not soft pears

Whipped Cream

  • 240 ml Heavy Cream/ Whipping Cream 1 cup


Hazelnut Crumble

  1. Preheat the oven to 300° F / 150°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Add all the ingredients into a bowl, crumble it all together using your fingertips. Spread it on the baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes or until you see it browning.

  3. Remove from oven and let it cool to room temperature. Store in a clean air tight jar and it can be stored for a week.

Hot Toddy ( Poaching Liquid)

  1. In a heavy bottomed pan, add all the ingredients except the pears. Let the sugar dissolve, meanwhile peal the pears ( leave the stalk on for decorative purposes)

  2. Once the sugar is dissolved, add the pears. Cook the pears for about 10 mins on each on both sides. It should take about 15-20 minutes for the pears to be poached.

  3. Once the pears are cooked (soft to eat, firm to touch not mushy), remove using a slotted spoon.

  4. Cook down the hot toddy until it's half its quantity and syrupy. Remove from heat and keep aside. Strain the syrup using a sieve and keep the syrup in a clean jar until needed.

Whipped Cream

  1. Add the cream in a bowl fitted with a whisk attachment attachment on a stand mixer. Whip the heavy cream until it's has stiff peaks.

Assembly of the Hot toddy poached pears

  1. Cut up the pears into halves and remove the pit using a melon baller. Scoop a dollop of whipped cream.

  2. Add generous amounts of crumble and drizzle it all down with the hot toddy syrup.

  3. Serve fresh!

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Happy Baking



Other pear recipes 

  1.  Rosemary honey poached pears
  2. Hot Toddy Poached pear and Rye Galette

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