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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. Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 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 pear with 2 tablespoons cream equals 239 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 23 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  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.
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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