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Poached Pears with Raspberry Sauce Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup white wine or white cranberry juice
  • 2 medium pears, peeled and halved
  • 3 tablespoons seedless raspberry spreadable fruit
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Fresh raspberries and mint leaves, optional

Directions

In a small saucepan, bring the water, sugar and wine to a boil. Reduce heat; carefully add pears. Cover and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until tender. Remove pears and reserve cooking liquid.

In a small bowl, combine spreadable fruit and vanilla. Stir in enough cooking liquid to form a sauce consistency. Cover and refrigerate sauce and pears separately until chilled.

Remove sauce from the refrigerator 15 minutes before serving. Place two pear halves on each dessert plate; top with sauce. Garnish with raspberries and mint if desired. Yield: 2 servings.

Orange Poached Pears

Ingredients

  • 8 whole pears
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel

CHOCOLATE SAUCE:

  • 4 ounces German sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Orange peel strips, optional

Directions

With an apple corer or sharp knife, carefully remove core from bottom of pears to within 1 in. of stem, leaving pears whole with stem. Peel the pears.

In a Dutch oven, combine the orange juice, water, brown sugar, butter and orange peel. Bring to a boil; add pears. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until pears are tender, turning several times. Remove pears and set aside. Simmer cooking juices, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until thickened to a syrup consistency.

For chocolate sauce, in a small heavy saucepan over low heat, heat the chocolate, cream and butter until chocolate is melted; stir until smooth. Spoon pear syrup into dessert dishes; place a pear in each dish and drizzle with chocolate sauce. Garnish with orange peel if desired. Yield: 8 servings.

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