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Poached Pears With Candied Sunflower Seeds and Cinnamon

by Livestrong_Recipes  |  Oct 20, 2018

Poached Pears With Candied Sunflower Seeds and Cinnamon
Photo Credit: Susan Marque
  1. PREP
  2. 05 m
  • COOK
  • 12 m
  • 17 m

This simple dessert is a cinch to make and cooks in less than 12 minutes. Packed with vitamin C and fiber, pears help aid digestion. Feel free to swap the cinnamon for nutmeg if you prefer.



  • 4 medium pear
  • 1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds, Raw & Hulled
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 tsp Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon, Ground


1 Core the pairs and cut them into wedges or halves.
2 Place the pears in a large fry pan with ½ inch of water in it, over medium high heat.
3 Let the water come to a boil and then place a lid on the pan, reduce the heat, and simmer for about ten minutes. Keep the heat high enough to simmer most of the liquid away.
4 Place the raw seeds with a pinch of sea salt into a pot or pan over medium high heat, and stir continuously.
5 As the seeds begin to brown, add the maple syrup and stir. The syrup will caramelize immediately.
6 Transfer the mixture to a plate to cool.
7 Plate the pears and break up the seed brittle, sprinkling a little onto each plate, then sprinkle on cinnamon.