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Poached Pears and Vanilla Ice Cream

Cooking Light APRIL 2000

  • Yield: 2 servings (serving size: 1 pear half and 1/2 cup ice cream)


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1 (3-inch) piece lemon rind
  • 1 large pear, peeled, halved and cored
  • 1 cup vanilla low-fat ice cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)


Combine first 5 ingredients in large saucepan; bring to a boil. Add pear halves; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 8 minutes or until tender. Remove the pear halves with a slotted spoon; discard liquid. Place pears in a large shallow dish; cover and chill. Serve the pear halves with ice cream. Sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 141
  • Calories from fat: 20%
  • Fat: 3.2g
  • Saturated fat: 1.8g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.9g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.2g
  • Protein: 2.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 27.5g
  • Fiber: 1.3g
  • Cholesterol: 9mg
  • Iron: 0.3mg
  • Sodium: 56mg
  • Calcium: 101mg

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Poached Pears and Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe