Wednesday, November 13, 2013

An elegant dessert that's perfect for entertaining!

Poached pears are an elegant dessert that can be made ahead of time. Therefore, it's wonderful for entertaining. Just make the pears the day before and let it sit overnight to chill. When your guests come over, impress them with this beautifully plated dessert.

As well as being an exquisite dessert, it sneaks in some nutritional benefits too. The amount of calories in poached pears is far less than the average dessert. They are high in fiber, vitamin C and potassium for a nutrient boost. Enjoy this dessert without all the guilt.

Raspberry Lambic Poached Pears


Serves: 5           Cook Time: 40 min        Prep Time: 10 min

  • 5 pears, peeled and stem in
  • 1 750 ml bottle raspberry lambic
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup pure cranberry juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 strips orange zest
  • 3 cloves
  • 4 ounces creme fraiche
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • mint and fresh raspberries for garnish


Reduce to a syrup
Simmering pears

Combine lambic, sugar, vanilla, bean, orange zest, cloves, cinnamon, and cranberry juice in sauce pot. Cook until sugar dissolves and mixture simmers. Add pears and simmer pears 20-25 minutes or until tender. Make sure to immerse all sides of pear in liquid to color evenly. Remove and let cool. Meanwhile reduce the sauce until thick and syrupy, about 20-30 minutes. Remove cloves, cinnamon and vanilla bean. For creme fraiche, combine it with powdered sugar, cream and vanilla. Slightly whip with whisk. Plate with raspberries, mint, creme fraiche and reduced sauce.

Beautifully Plated Pear

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