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Orange Poached Pears

 Orange Poached Pears
"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.
8 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Cook: 15 min.

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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

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Orange Poached Pears (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • each dish and drizzle with chocolate sauce. Garnish with orange peel
  • if desired. Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 252 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 51 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 2 g protein.