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Poached Pears in Almond Sauce

 Poached Pears in Almond Sauce
Lillian Julow likes to serve these luscious pears whenever she is celebrating a memorable occasion. "They always make a pretty addition to a special dinner for two," she writes from her home in Gainesville, Florida.
2 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 lemon slice
  • 1 piece cinnamon stick (1 inch)
  • 2 medium firm pears with stems attached
  • 4 red-hot candies
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds

Directions

  • In a saucepan, bring the water, sugar, lemon slice and cinnamon stick
  • to a boil. Carefully peel pears, leaving stem attached; add to sugar
  • mixture. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until
  • pears are tender, turning occasionally.
  • Carefully remove pears and set aside. Add red-hots to sugar syrup;
  • bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes or
  • until syrup is reduced by half. Remove from the heat; discard lemon
  • and cinnamon.
  • Stir in extracts. Return pears to sauce; cool to room temperature. To
  • serve, spoon sauce onto dessert plates; top with pears. Sprinkle
  • with almonds. Yield: 2 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving equals 337 calories, 4 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1 mg sodium, 77 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 2 g protein.