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Pears with Spiced Caramel Sauce

With caramel sauce draping a tender poached pear, this dessert is pretty to look at but even sweeter to eat, promises our Test Kitchen staff.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 6 medium pears, stems attached
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 1/2 medium lemon
  • 6 tablespoons fat-free caramel apple dip
  • Dash ground cloves


  • Core pears from bottom, leaving stems intact. Peel pears. Cut 1/4 in. from bottom to level if necessary. In a large saucepan, combine the next five ingredients. Squeeze juice from lemon; add juice and lemon to pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Add pears; poach, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Remove from the heat; cool pears in liquid.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine caramel dip and ground cloves. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 10 seconds; stir. Cook 10 seconds longer or until heated through. To serve, drain pears and pat dry; drizzle with caramel sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 174 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 78mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 4g fiber), 1g protein.

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