Sunday, March 20, 2011

80--- Poached Pears

Poached pears are a beautiful, elegant dessert. One would think that they are complicated. Not so.

These are wonderful served with a side of vanilla frozen yogurt, or by themselves! They should be prepared at least 1-2 hours ahead of time.

Poached Pears

Serves 4

2 large firm Bosc pears, peeled, halved, stemmed and cored

2 cups dry white wine

1/2 cup water

1/3 cup white sugar

Fresh mint leaves to garnish (optional)

Vanilla frozen yogurt (optional)

In a large wide saucepan, bring wine, water and sugar to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and place pears, sliced side down, into simmering liquid. Cover and cook for ~30 minutes, flipping pears over halfway through cooking. Remove pears when they are tender. Place in refrigerator.

Bring liquid to a boil over high heat and for ~25 minutes, until ~2/3 cup of syrup remains. Place liquid in a glass container in the refrigerator for 1-3 hours.

To serve: place 1/2 poached pear in a serving dish and spoon 3 Tbsp syrup over pear. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs and serve with vanilla frozen yogurt if desired.

Nutrition Info per one serving: 202 calories, 0 fat, 28 g carbohydrates, 15 g sugar

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