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Blushing Pears in Chocolate Sauce

Yield 2 servings.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium-size firm pears (about 3/4 pound)
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cups blush wine
  • 3/4 cup cranberry-raspberry juice cocktail
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Orange zest (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 197
  • caloriesfromfat 4 %
  • fat 0.9 g
  • satfat 0.2 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 1.5 g
  • carbohydrate 48.5 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.0 mg
  • sodium 19 mg
  • calcium 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Peel each pear; remove core from bottom end, leaving stem end intact. If needed, slice about 1/4 inch from base of each pear so that it will sit flat. Brush pears with orange juice.

  2. Combine wine and cranberry-raspberry juice in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Place pears, stem end up, in pan. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or just until pears are tender. Remove pears from liquid with a slotted spoon. Reserve poaching liquid for another use, if desired.

  3. Combine powdered sugar, cocoa, and cornstarch in a small saucepan. Gradually add water, stirring until smooth. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until slightly thickened. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla.

  4. Spoon 1 tablespoon chocolate sauce into each of 2 dessert dishes; place pears on sauce. Drizzle 1 tablespoon chocolate sauce over each pear. Garnish with orange zest, if desired.

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