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Pressure-Cooker Tequila Poached Pears

Tequila may seem an unusual ingredient, but give it a try! The fresh pears and mint make the dessert deliciously refreshing. Bring out this creative sweet when you want to impress dinner guests. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (11.3 ounces) pear nectar
  • 1 cup tequila
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 8 whole Anjou pears, peeled
  • Sweetened whipped cream, optional
  • Fresh mint leaves

Directions

  • Select saute setting on a 6-qt. pressure cooker and adjust for low heat. Add the first 8 ingredients; cook and stir until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Press cancel. Add pears. Lock lid; close pressure-release valve. Adjust to pressure-cook on high for 3 minutes. Quick-release pressure. Remove pears and keep warm.
  • Reserve 3 cups cooking juices; discard remaining juices and cinnamon stick. Return reserved juices to pressure cooker. Select saute setting and adjust for medium heat. Simmer, uncovered, until liquid is reduced to 1 cup, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Halve pears lengthwise and core. Serve with sauce, whipped cream if desired, and mint leaves.

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