Poached Pears with Orange Cream Recipe
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Poached Pears with Orange Cream Recipe

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End the meal with a flourish with this easy and elegant dessert. A hint of orange lends just enough sweetness to temper the wine's bold taste. —Julianne Schnuck, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 medium firm pears
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup dry red wine or red grape juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/8 teaspoon orange extract
  • Additional grated orange peel, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 239 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 23mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 5g fiber), 3g protein.

Directions

  1. Core pears from the bottom, leaving stems intact. Peel pears; cut a small slice from the bottom of each to level if necessary. Place pears on their sides in a large saucepan. Add the water, wine, sugar and vanilla. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 35-40 minutes or until pears are almost tender, turning once.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the sour cream, confectioners' sugar, orange peel and extract. Refrigerate until serving.
  3. Remove pears with a slotted spoon; cool to room temperature. Discard cooking liquid. Place pears on dessert plates. Serve with orange cream. Garnish with additional grated orange peel if desired. Yield: 2 servings.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Using red wine in the poaching liquid will give you an intensely flavored pear with a beautiful rosy red color but you can also use a fruity white wine for a pear that is natural looking. Have leftover sparkling wine or Champagne? Use that for a lightly flavored pear. You can also use almost any fruit juice with equally spectacular results.
  • This recipe serves two, but it can easily be doubled, tripled or even quadrupled to serve everyone around your Thanksgiving table.
  • Originally published as Poached Pears with Orange Cream in Healthy Cooking February/March 2009, p57

    Sweet White Wine

    Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.


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