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Poached Pear Sundaes

Yield 6 servings.

Ingredients

  • 3 large ripe pears
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon maple syrup, divided
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon margarine
  • 1 (1-ounce) square semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 (1-ounce) square unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 3 cups pralines-and-cream ice cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped almonds, toasted

Nutrition Information

  • calories 371
  • caloriesfromfat 40 %
  • fat 16.6 g
  • satfat 7.4 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 4.4 g
  • carbohydrate 55.3 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 35 mg
  • iron 0.0 mg
  • sodium 83 mg
  • calcium 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Peel and core pears; cut in half lengthwise, and brush with lemon juice.

  2. Cut vanilla bean in half lengthwise. Scrape seeds into a large saucepan. Add vanilla bean halves, 1 cup maple syrup, and apple juice to saucepan; bring to a boil. Add pears; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until tender, turning once. Remove and discard vanilla bean halves. Transfer pears and poaching liquid to a bowl; cover and chill thoroughly.

  3. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring frequently until sugar dissolves. Add whipping cream; bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add margarine and chocolates; stir until chocolates melt. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon maple syrup. Cool completely.

  4. Transfer pears to 6 dessert plates, using a slotted spoon. Discard poaching liquid. Top each pear with 1/2 cup ice cream. Spoon chocolate sauce evenly over ice cream, and sprinkle evenly with almonds. Serve immediately.

Light and Luscious