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Poached Pears with Orange Cream

 Poached Pears with Orange Cream
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
2 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min. + cooling


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


  • 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.
  • Meanwhile, combine the sour cream, confectioners' sugar, orange peel
  • and extract. Refrigerate until serving.
  • 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:

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Poached Pears with Orange Cream (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 2 servings.
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.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.