Stage 2: 7 months plus

Based on an indulgent French dessert that’s the perfect end to your baby’s Christmas meal, this poached pear is aromatic, subtle in taste, soft and also great as a finger food.

SuperFoods included – pear
SuperSpices included – cinnamon, clove, cardamom

Total preparation and cooking time: 20mins
Makes 1-2 servings


  • 2-3 cups of water
  • 2-3 drops of vanilla extract
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • 1 whole clove
  • 1 whole cardamom pod – green
  • 1 ripe pear – peeled, washed, stem left intact


  • In a pot add the water (there should be enough water to submerge the pear), vanilla, cinnamon, clove, cardamom and stir. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 4-5mins.
  • Meanwhile slice the bottom of the pear so it can stand upright in the pot and add it to the simmering, lightly spiced water. Allow to simmer for a few minutes until tender. Once tender cut into slices (removing the stem) and serve to baby warm.
  • Note: You can poach an unripe pear for baby too if you decide to cook this dessert at the last minute. Simply poach it for a longer period of time until tender.

Recipe by Zainab Jagot Ahmed – baby food blogger and author of Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook, the UK’s first Indian baby food cookbook available to buy now for tablets, smartphones and desktops from (£4.79). Printed edition to be released in 2014.

About The Author

Zainab Jagot Ahmed

Zainab Jagot Ahmed is a first-time mum and author of the UK's first Indian baby food cookbook, ‘Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook'. Prior to becoming a mummy, Zainab worked in marketing for almost 10 years in the fashion, entertainment and retail industries. However, after the birth of her daughter felt inspired to turn her attention to cooking delicious, nutritious home-made baby food. As she began the weaning process, she was keen to introduce Asian flavours early to both broaden her daughter's palate, and to introduce her to her culinary heritage. However, unable to find any baby and toddler cookbooks with Asian or Asian influenced recipes, was inspired to invent her own recipes. Soon friends were asking for them too. After a year spent researching spices, dietary recommendations and various superfoods, Zainab decided to put her research and recipes to good use by writing her own Indian baby food cookbook, giving everyone the chance to try them at home.

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