“Stoofperen” (Dutch poached pears) dessert

The Dutch cuisine isn’t very famous worldwide, and Dutch people aren’t very proud of their national dishes either… But I personnally love this one, and I think it deserves en entry on this blog!

“Stoofperen” can be used in different ways: I have used them here to make a dessert, but you can very well serve them as a side dish with Christmas / New Year meals, or eat them with yoghurt for breakfast or as a snack!

“Stoofperen” (Dutch poached pears) dessert

3 1/2 hours // 230kcal

* Ingredients *

  • 1 pear per person, preferably Gieser Wildeman (a Dutch pear) but otherwise another type of hard, dry green pear
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Soy vanilla ice cream (I use the brand “Swedish Glace”)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

* Recipe *

  • We first need to prepare the stoofperen. Peel the pears, but leave the stalks on.
  • Put them in a pan. Cover with water, add the cinnamon stick, and make boil.
  • When it starts boiling, lower the fire to the minimum. Let cook for 3 hours. Check every now and then that there is still enough water!
  • After 3 hours, the pears must have turned reddish-pink.
  • At this point, you can wait for the pears to cool down, and store them in a jar with their juice. Stored in the fridge, they can stay good for at least one week!
  • Let’s use them to make a dessert: cut them in slices. Carefully remove the seeds.
  • Prepare the plates: serve a big spoon (or two medium ones) of ice cream per person, add the stoofperen slices and sprinkle with maple syrup.
  • Bon appétit !
  • Note: there are a lot of variations possible in the making of stoofperen: some people add red wine in the cooking water, others vanilla sticks… It really depends on the family. This is just the way I have learnt it. 🙂


Energy (for 1 portion): 230kcal [carbs : 49g; fats : 5g; proteins : 1g]

This recipe is a very good source of :

  • Fibers
  • Vitamin B2

This recipe is rather a good source of :

  • Not much, it’s a dessert eh. :p

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