Honey Poached Pears with Creme Fraiche

by Monica Bennion on May 14, 2015

1 cup honey
5 whole star anise
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Pinch of fine sea salt
6 medium firm, but ripe pears (about 2 1/2 lbs), peeled, quartered and cored
1/2 cup créme fraîche or sour cream
Combine 2 1/2 cups water, honey, star anise, lemon juice and sea salt in a large saucepan.  Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.  Add pears; reduce heat and simmer until tender, turning occasionally, 4-6 minutes, depending on ripeness.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer pears to a medium bowl.  Boil liquid and star anise until reduced to 1 cup syrup, about 25 minutes.
Pour syrup with star anise over pears.  Cover and chill until cold, about 2 hours.
Remove star anise from syrup.  Divide pears and syrup among 6 bowls.  Top each with a dollop of creme fraiche and serve.

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