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Pears and Cranberries Poached in Wine Recipe

Pears and Cranberries Poached in Wine Recipe

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. YIELD:12 servings


  • 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


  • 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.

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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Reviewed Jan. 1, 2011

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

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

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