Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Wine Poached Pears

With vanilla cream and toasted walnuts.

This is a recipe courtesy of my friend Bonnie. Incredibly sweet, absolutely beautiful...and the girl can bake! The perfect compliment to a girl like me that has not mastered the art of measuring =) which is required when baking...I was just not raised that way. I'm more of a "little of this, little of that" kind of girl. So, you guys can thank my measure-minded friends like Bonnie for trying to teach me the art of baking and bringing incredible desserts like this to you! This is a simple dessert that is impressive and elegant and almost too beautiful to eat....

1 bottle dry red wine (750ml)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp whole cloves
4 pears*, peeled
1/4 cup low fat vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup low fat sour cream
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
Fresh mint for garnish

Heat wine, sugar, orange juice, cinnamon stick, and cloves in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar has dissolved, 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add pears and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until pears are tender (1 1/2 hours), turning occasionally. Keep warm until ready to serve. Whisk yogurt, sour cream, and brown sugar together in a small bowl. Serve each pear with vanilla cream, walnuts, and mint.

*Bartlett and Anjou pears work best but you could also try Bosc
*You can leave pears whole, or cut each pair in half to double the servings (as we did in the above photo)

Using this recipe for 8 servings by halving each pear:
Per Serving: 240 cals / 3g fat / 34g carbs / 2g protein


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