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Pears with Spiced Caramel Sauce

 Pears with Spiced Caramel Sauce
With caramel sauce draping a tender poached pear, this dessert is pretty to look at but even sweeter to eat, promises our Test Kitchen staff.
6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.


  • 6 medium pears, stems attached
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 1/2 medium lemon
  • 6 tablespoons fat-free caramel apple dip
  • Dash ground cloves


  • Core pears from bottom, leaving stems intact. Peel pears. Cut 1/4 in.
  • from bottom to level if necessary. In a large saucepan, combine the
  • next five ingredients. Squeeze juice from lemon; add juice and lemon
  • to pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Add pears; poach, uncovered,
  • for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Remove from the heat; cool pears
  • in liquid.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine caramel dip and ground cloves.
  • Microwave, uncovered, on high for 10 seconds; stir. Cook 10 seconds
  • longer or until heated through. To serve, drain pears and pat dry;
  • drizzle with caramel sauce. Yield: 6 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: One serving (1 pear with 1 tablespoon caramel sauce) equals 174 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), trace cholesterol, 78 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 1 g protein.