Poached pears with star anise topping for skyr
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Poached pears with star anise topping for skyr

Bring out the breakfast of your dreams or the afternoon snack to pick you up after a long day. Poached pears with star anise and vanilla are a luxurious skyr topping. It needs a bit of preparation, but it is worth the wait! The aromatic and sweet notes pairs perfectly with the velvety skyr, and with fresh blackberries on top, you are in for an utterly delicious treat.


Poached pears
  • Mix water, sugar, lemon, vanilla, and star anise in a small pan and bring to a boil.
  • Peel pears, cut them in half, and remove the core.
  • Add pears to the pan, remove the pan from the heat and allow the pears to cool in the sugar syrup. Depending on the size of the pears, you might need to let them boil for 3-5 minutes before removing the pan from the heat.
  • Store pears with the syrup in an airtight jar in the fridge.
To serve
  • Divide skyr into 2 bowls
  • Cut each halved pear into 4 wedges and place them on top of the skyr.
  • Divide blackberries among the bowls and pour a little syrup from the pears on top.

Make the poached pears in advance so you have them ready in your fridge when you need them. This way, you can enjoy the delicious combination but still benefit from the simple preparation of a skyr bowl for breakfast. Add a personal touch to the pears by experimenting with spices. For example, add a cinnamon stick to the brine or adjust the amount of star anise and vanilla to create a different flavour experience.

Questions about poached pears

Below, we go through some of the most frequently asked questions on how to make easy poached pears with star anise and blackberries topping for skyr.

How long to poach a pear?
In general, poaching a pear takes about 20-30 minutes. Depending on the size and ripeness of the pear, the time may vary, but you want the pear to be tender.
What are the best pears for poaching?
The best pears for poaching are ones that are ripe but still firm. Avoid using overly ripe or mushy ones because they may break during cooking.
Can you freeze poached pears?
Yes, you can freeze poached pears. Allow them to cool completely and store them in an airtight container. They will keep for 3-6 months in the freezer.


Arla® Skyr Creamy
450 g
Poached Pears
Fresh blackberries
For the poached pears with star anise
Ripe pear
750 ml
Caster sugar
250 g
Lemon (cut into slices)
Vanilla pod (cut in half and seeds scraped out)
Star anises

Make poached pears with star anise and vanilla

Dress your skyr with poached pears with star anise and vanilla for a delectable bombardment of flavours. If you are looking to sweeten up your meal, poaching pears will do the trick for you. When cooked, they will be bursting with sweetness on their own, but when joined by star anise and vanilla, the flavours quickly turn warm, complex, and hearty – perfectly complementary to the creamy, tangy skyr.

A sweet and crisp topping for skyr

To complete the serving, we add fresh blackberries. They make a sweet and crisp addition and combined with the golden colours of the poached pears they look absolutely stunning. Enjoying a spoonful with all the flavours gives you a tart and sweet berry boost that works wonderfully with the deep fruity sweetness and aromas of pear. Are you on the lookout for more skyr topping recipes? Try a scrumptious strawberry and baked rhubarb topping for skyr or a sweet and fresh mango and passion fruit topping for skyr.