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- Serving: Makes 4 servings
This classic poached pears recipe makes an elegant and healthy dessert. Just make sure not to over-cook the pears. They shouldn't be mushy, but rather a bit al dente.
- 1 (750-milliliter) bottle of red or white wine
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar or another sweetener
- 1/2 vanilla bean, sliced lengthwise
- 3 to 4 whole cloves
- Zest and juice of an orange
- 4 firm pears, peeled, halved lengthwise, cored
- Orange liqueur
- Combine wine, sugar, vanilla and cloves in a medium pot over medium heat. Add orange zest and half of the juice. Bring mixture to a simmer then add pears. Cook pears 10 to 15 minutes in simmering liquid. Test pears by poking a knife in them – the pears should be tender but not mushy. Continue cooking, if necessary, until pears reach desired tenderness.
- Remove pears, vanilla bean and cloves with a slotted spoon and let cool. Continue cooking liquid until it has reduced and reached a thick consistency. At this point, you can add the orange liqueur, about 1 to 2 tablespoons if desired. When ready to serve, place pears on a plate and spoon liquid overtop. Top pears with a small dollop of whipped cream or low-fat ice cream.