Orange-Spiced Poached Pears

Pears are a wonderfully versatile fall fruit that lend themselves nicely to a variety of accompanying sauces. The citrus and spice flavors of this light dessert make it a great finish for a heavy meal. Pair with a light-bodied, semi-sweet dessert wine like Moscato.

Orange-Spiced Poached Pears

Orange-Spiced Poached Pears

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Pears poached in orange juice spiced with ground ginger, nutmeg and vanilla make a light, fruity dessert for a fall meal.

Ingredients

  • 4 slightly under ripe Bartlett pears, peeled, halved and cored
  • 1-1/2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Mint leaves for garnish

Instructions

  • Combine orange juice, water, brown sugar and honey in a large sauce pan. Stir well to mix and bring to a simmer. Add the vanilla extract, nutmeg, ginger and lemon juice.
  • Add the pears and simmer for about 30 minutes, turning frequently to be sure they cook through evenly. Remove them from the pan and cover to keep warm.
  • Let the remaining liquid cook until it thickens into a syrup. Cut pears into lengthwise slices and arrange on individual dessert plates. Drizzle with the syrup and garnish with mint leaves.
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