Veganuary: A Simple Dessert Recipe

Written by Natalia Tarjanyi

As the founder of Centrd Life, I am passionate about sharing the benefits of embodiment with others. I want to offer people the tools to allow themselves to develop the capacity to feel all their emotions fully so they can connect to each other more deeply. I believe that embodiment is the tool that can change our disconnected world: by becoming more embodied we are more connected to ourselves, to each other and to nature.

11 Jan, 2020

Turmeric – cinnamon poached pears with coconut yoghurt

Poached pears make a great dinner party dessert and can be prepared in advance. The trick is not to overcook them.

To get the best results, make sure not to use over-ripe pears for this recipe. Cinnamon complements the fragrant flavour of the pear without overpowering it and the turmeric gives it a striking colour.


1 litre water

300g caster sugar

1 cinnamon stick

1 tsp ground turmeric

1 lemon juice

8 pears (peeled but stalk kept intact)

Coconut yoghurt or other dairy-free yoghurt plus chopped nuts for serving.

Put everything in a stainless steel saucepan – place it on the hob and bring it to boil. Once it is boiling, reduce the heat down to a simmer. Cook the pears until soft but firm. (check with a pairing knife – the knife should go through easily, but the pear should hold its shape and stay firm).

Let the fruit cool in the syrup. It can be served hot or cold.

Smear a dollop of coconut yoghurt on the plate, place the pear carefully on top and sprinkle with toasted, chopped nuts (hazelnuts go beautifully).


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