Microwaved Honey and Cardamom Poached Apples or Pears

A warm dessert is as comforting as candlelight and a warm hearth (and heart) in chilly mid-February weather. When available, try Ontario Bosc pears in place of apples. Choose small, ripe but firm pears.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 3 to 5 minutes

Makes: 2 servings 


Ontario Apples, such as Idared or Empire


Liquid honey

3 Tbsp (45 mL)

Ground cardamom

1/4 tsp (1 mL)

Pinch of ground cinnamon


Vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt


Toasted sliced almonds (optional)



  1. Peel apples; cut in half and remove cores (a melon baller works well). Place, cut side's up, in shallow microwaveable dish.
  2. In small microwaveable bowl, warm honey at High for 20 seconds; stir in cardamom and cinnamon. Drizzle evenly over apples; cover and microwave at High for 3 to 5 minutes or until apples are tender. Let stand 5 minutes.
  3. Place apples in dessert dishes. Scoop ice cream or frozen yogurt in centre of each half. Spoon sauce over top. Garnish with almonds, if desired.

NOTE: Microwave recipes tested in a 700-watt microwave oven. Power level terminology in microwave ovens varies; check your owner's manual and use whichever word or number gives you the same percentages as in the recipe (High is always 100%). If your oven differs, cooking times may vary.

© - Source: Foodland Ontario, 2009.

Nutrition Information per serving: 

Calories: 202 kcal

Protein: 1 g

Fat: 1 g

Carbohydrate: 51 g

Fibre: 3 g

Sodium: 19 mg

Calcium: 39 mg

Iron: 0.5 mg

Last Update – July 11, 2017

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