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Orange Poached Pears

Drizzling a chocolate sauce over orange-flavored pears brings a formal dinner to an elegant conclusion. Add a strip of orange zest to each serving for a finishing touch. —Jacquie Ogden, Dawson Creek, British Columbia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 whole pears
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • CHOCOLATE SAUCE:
  • 4 ounces German sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Orange zest strips, optional

Directions

  • With an apple corer or sharp knife, carefully remove core from bottom of pears to within 1 in. of stem, leaving pears whole with stem. Peel the pears.
  • In a Dutch oven, combine the orange juice, water, brown sugar, butter and orange zest. Bring to a boil; add pears. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until pears are tender, turning several times. Remove pears and set aside. Simmer cooking juices, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until thickened to a syrup consistency.
  • For chocolate sauce, in a small heavy saucepan over low heat, heat the chocolate, cream and butter until chocolate is melted; stir until smooth. Spoon pear syrup into dessert dishes; place a pear in each dish and drizzle with chocolate sauce. Garnish with orange zest strips if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 252 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 51mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 4g fiber), 2g protein.

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