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Pears and Cranberries Poached in Wine

 Pears and Cranberries Poached in Wine
An elegant dessert doesn't have to take tons of work. The oven does the cooking for this simple yet impressive dinner finale.
12 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.

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

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°. Place pears in a greased 13x9-in. baking
  • dish, cut side up. Top with cranberries.
  • 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.
  • Bake, covered, 30-35 minutes or until pears are tender, basting
  • occasionally. Serve with creme fraiche. Yield: 12 servings.
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.

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Pears and Cranberries Poached in Wine (continued)

Wine: Full-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.