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Spiced Pear Dumpling recipe.

Preparation time: 30 minutes 

Cooking time: 40 minutes 


Appliance and Function: Fan Plus, Induction Cooktop


• 1 ¼ cups self-raising flour 

• ¼ cup caster sugar 

• 125g unsalted butter, diced 2 tbs water 

• 5 Packham pears 

• 2tsp Eight Spice Powder


• Pinch Eight Spice Powder 

• 1 cup brown sugar 

• 2 tbs golden syrup 

• ½ water 

• 50g unsalted butter 

• Roasted hazelnuts and vanilla ice cream to serve 

Eight Spice Powder

• 20g juniper berries 

• 30g whole star anise 

• 15g white peppercorns 

• 15g cinnmon quills 

• 15g cloves Pinch saffrom threads 

• 25g salt 

• 10g cardamom pods 


Spiced Pear Dumplings 

1. Pre-heat Oven on Fan Plus at 160°C.

2. Combine flour, sugar, butter and water into a mixer or food processor. Pulse until it has formed a dough or use your hands to bring it together. Rest the dough for 20 minutes.

3. Peel 3 pears and cut into 2.5 – 3cm chunks. Season with Eight-spice powder.

4. Divide the dough into 9cm circles, 3-4mm thick. Place 1 piece of pear onto each dumpling and wrap the dough around the fruit, sealing well at the top. Ensure that the pastry is well sealed all around the pear so that it will steam inside whilst the pastry Place seam-side down in an ovenproof dish. 


1. Combine all ingredients into a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Pour half the sauce over the dumplings. Bake in the Oven, shelf position 2 for approximately 30 minutes or until golden and the dumplings are cooked through.

2. Thinly slice the remaining pears lengthways. Heat 2 tbs of the remaining sauce in a frying pan on medium-high heat, Induction setting 7. Add the pear slices and cook, turning, until caramelised. Cool on a baking paper lined Multi-purpose tray.

3. Remove the dumplings from the Oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes and serve with vanilla ice-cream, spooning the sauce over the top. Scatter over some hazelnuts and caramelised pear slices. 

Eight Spice Powder

1. Grind all the spices to a fine powder in a spice grinder.

2. Toast the ground spices in a large frying pan over a medium heat, Induction setting 6. Allow to cool.

3. Store in an airtight container and use as required.

Hint and Tips:

Dumplings can be made in advance, frozen and baked straight from the freezer.