Orange Poached Pears Recipe
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Orange Poached Pears Recipe

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"Drizzling a chocolate sauce over orange-flavored pears brings a formal dinner to an elegant conclusion," writes Jacquie Ogden from Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Add a strip of orange peel to each serving for a finishing touch.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 whole pears
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • CHOCOLATE SAUCE:
  • 4 ounces German sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Orange peel strips, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 252 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 51mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 4g fiber), 2g protein

Directions

  1. With an apple corer or sharp knife, carefully remove core from bottom of pears to within 1 in. of stem, leaving pears whole with stem. Peel the pears.
  2. In a Dutch oven, combine the orange juice, water, brown sugar, butter and orange peel. Bring to a boil; add pears. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until pears are tender, turning several times. Remove pears and set aside. Simmer cooking juices, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until thickened to a syrup consistency.
  3. For chocolate sauce, in a small heavy saucepan over low heat, heat the chocolate, cream and butter until chocolate is melted; stir until smooth. Spoon pear syrup into dessert dishes; place a pear in each dish and drizzle with chocolate sauce. Garnish with orange peel if desired. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Orange Poached Pears in Quick Cooking September/October 2002, p37

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