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Simple and Elegant Poached Pears

Per Serving

Simple and Elegant Poached Pears

Makes: 6
Serving Size: 1 pear
Calories 95
Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Carbohydrate 23 g
Fiber 4 g
Sugars 16 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 0 mg
Protein 0 g
Choices: Fruit 1.5
  • Makes: 6
  • Serving Size: 1 pear
  • Preparation Time: 8 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour


1 cup red wine or low-calorie cranberry juice
1 cup water
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 slice lemon
6 small ripe, but firm pears, peeled, stems intact (D'Anjou are best)


  1. In a large Dutch oven or large saucepan, combine the wine or juice, water, sugar, vanilla, and lemon slice. Bring to a simmer.
  2. Add the pears and submerge them as much as possible. Bring the mixture to a boil, lower the heat, and cook over low heat about 30 to 40 minutes until the pears are soft when pierced with a cake tester or wooden skewer. Turn the pears occasionally throughout the process for even cooking.
  3. Remove the pears from the pan and set aside to cool.
  4. Bring the liquid that remains in the pan to a boil and reduce until syrupy.
  5. The pears can be served warm with heated poaching liquid poured on top or with both fruit and liquid chilled.

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