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Cranberry-Poached Pears

For an elegant seasonal dessert, poach fresh pears in a spiced mixture of honey, citrus zest, and fresh cranberries.

Health NOVEMBER 2011

  • Yield: Serves 8 (serving size: 1 pear plus cranberries and poaching liquid)


  • 8 firm, small (stem-on) peeled pears
  • About 4 cups water
  • 5 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 (4- to 5-inch) strip orange zest
  • 1 (4- to 5-inch) strip lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 passion fruit tea bag
  • 2 3/4 cups cranberries


Place pears in snug-fitting saucepan; cover with about 4 cups water. Add honey, sugar, orange and lemon zest, lemon juice, and cinnamon stick. Remove seeds from vanilla bean pod; add seeds, pod, and tea bag to pan. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil; stir to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat and simmer (15-20 minutes), until pears are tender when pierced. Add cranberries; return mixture to a simmer until cranberries burst (about 3 minutes). Discard tea bag. Carefully place ingredients in a large bowl; cover and refrigerate overnight. Discard zest, pod, and cinnamon stick. Serve 1 pear with cranberries and liquid in a bowl.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 161
  • Fat: 0.2g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.1g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Carbohydrate: 43g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 0.0mg
  • Sodium: 3mg
  • Calcium: 18mg

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