Poached Pearsin Modelo

End this year’s holiday feast on a high note with this impressive poached pear recipe.

  • Serves
    8 PEOPLE
  • prep
    10 MIN
    45 MIN
  • Skill

Ingredients List

  • Zest of 1 orange, cut into thin strips
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 cup Modelo Negra®
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup cajeta
  • 8 Bosc pears (with stems), peeled and cored from bottom


  1. In a large saucepan, combine orange zest, cinnamon stick, allspice, ground pepper, beer, and water.
  2. Add pears. Cover with waxed paper to prevent discoloring. Bring to a simmer. Cook, turning pears occasionally, until easily pierced with the tip of a paring knife, but not falling apart, about 20 minutes. Remove pears from liquid; transfer to large bowl.
  3. Raise heat to high; add cajeta to poaching mixture, boil until reduced to a syrup, about 15 minutes. Discard cinnamon. Pour syrup over pears; refrigerate. To serve, slice off a sliver from the bottom of each pear (so it stands upright). Serve pears with lemon sorbet, if desired.