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. —Julianne Schnuck, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
VERIFIED BY Taste of Home Test Kitchen
- 2 medium firm pears
- 1-1/2 cups water
- 1 cup dry red wine or red grape juice
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
- 2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
- 1/8 teaspoon 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: 2 servings.
Originally published as Poached Pears with Orange Cream in Healthy Cooking February/March 2009, p57