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Poached Pears with Raspberry Sauce

 Poached Pears with Raspberry Sauce
This elegant dessert for two has a wonderful vanilla flavoring that is very satisfying. With an extremely simple raspberry sauce adding a dash of bright color, it is very impressive. —Dawn Bryant, Thedford, Nebraska
2 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup white wine or white cranberry juice
  • 2 medium pears, peeled and halved
  • 3 tablespoons seedless raspberry spreadable fruit
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Fresh raspberries and mint leaves, optional

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, bring the water, sugar and wine to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; carefully add pears. Cover and simmer for 5-10 minutes
  • or until tender. Remove pears and reserve cooking liquid.
  • In a small bowl, combine spreadable fruit and vanilla. Stir in enough
  • cooking liquid to form a sauce consistency. Cover and refrigerate
  • sauce and pears separately until chilled.
  • Remove sauce from the refrigerator 15 minutes before serving. Place
  • two pear halves on each dessert plate; top with sauce. Garnish with
  • raspberries and mint if desired. Yield: 2 servings.
Wine: Full-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.