Fabulous quick and easy dessert. I was surprised how well the microwave cooking worked. We served with vanilla ice cream with Maytag blue cheese mixed in it. Sounds very wierd, but it was delicious!
Poached Pears with Spiced-Wine Syrup
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 257
- Calories from fat: 3%
- Fat: 0.8g
- Saturated fat: 0.1g
- Monounsaturated fat: 0.1g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 0.2g
- Protein: 0.9g
- Carbohydrate: 66g
- Fiber: 2.7g
- Cholesterol: 0.0mg
- Iron: 1.4mg
- Sodium: 18mg
- Calcium: 50mg
- 1 1/2 cups dry red wine
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
- 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
- 10 black peppercorns
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 4 firm, ripe Bartlett or Bosc pears
- Combine first 8 ingredients in a 3-quart microwave-safe dish; microwave at HIGH 5 minutes or until mixture boils.
- Peel and core pears, leaving stems intact. Slice about 1/4 inch from base of each pear so it will sit flat. Add pears to poaching liquid; cover and microwave at HIGH 10 minutes, or until tender. Let cool in dish 5 minutes. Remove pears with a slotted spoon; set aside.
- Microwave liquid at HIGH 5 minutes or until reduced to 1 cup. Place each pear in a shallow bowl. Spoon 1/4 cup sauce over each pear.
- Note: Look for pears that have long stems for a dramatic presentation. To core a pear, hold it in your left hand. Using a melon baller, make three or four quick cuts into pear from the bottom. Leftover pears will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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