Pears and Cranberries Poached in Wine Recipe
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Pears and Cranberries Poached in Wine Recipe

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An elegant dessert doesn't have to take tons of work. The oven does the cooking for this simple yet impressive dinner finale.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 medium pears, halved and cored
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 1-1/2 cups white wine or white grape juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • Creme fraiche or whipped cream

Nutritional Facts

1 pear half with 2 tablespoons sauce (calculated without creme fraiche) equals 120 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 15 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, trace protein.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Place pears in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish, cut side up. Top with cranberries.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine wine, sugar, cranberry juice, butter and lemon peel; bring to a boil. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved; spoon over pears.
  3. Bake, covered, 30-35 minutes or until pears are tender, basting occasionally. Serve with creme fraiche. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Pears and Cranberries Poached in Wine in Country October/November 2010, p51

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.


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Reviewed Jan. 1, 2011

"I made it when I have some friends and they all loved it."

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