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Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce

A simple baked pear becomes an elegant dessert when drizzled with chocolate sauce that's laced with cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg. This light and lovely dessert is from Payson, Arizona's Patti Haggard.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 medium firm pears
  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • 1 cinnamon stick (2 inches)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons 2% milk

Directions

  • Core pears from bottom, leaving stems intact. Peel pears. Cut 1/4 in. from bottom to level if necessary. Place in a large saucepan; add the water, vanilla, cinnamon stick and nutmeg. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 35-40 minutes or until pears are almost tender.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and cinnamon. Gradually whisk in milk until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Cool.
  • Drain pears; place on dessert plates. Drizzle with chocolate sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 187 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 23mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 5g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • AlibobsC
    May 1, 2016

    This sauce is dark rich and smooth- tastes lovelyThe reason that I gave it 3stars is because the cinnamon bark disintegrated after the cooking process, leaving nasty splinters throughout the sauce which were hard to fish out.Also, I don't think it needs the addition of cinnamon and works just as well without.