Poached Pear Sundaes

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Oxmoor House

Nutritional 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


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


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

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.

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.

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,

Oxmoor House

January 1994
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