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

Recipe by Health November 2011


Credit: Andrew McCaul; Stylist: Alistair Turnbull/Pat Bates & Associates

Recipe Summary

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


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.



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Nutrition Facts

161 calories; fat 0.2g; poly fat 0.1g; protein 1g; carbohydrates 43g; fiber 6g; sodium 3mg; calcium 18mg.