Cranberry Poached Pears Recipe
The fall flavors of pear and cranberry come together in this pretty pink dessert, enhanced by almond liqueur.
  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty Rating: Intermediate

  • Nutrition Highlights: Pears are a good source of Vitamin C and only 100 calories per serving.

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  • Recipe From: Illinois Partners

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, bring the cranberries and water to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. In a food processor, puree the mixture (in batches if needed). Return it to the saucepan, add 1 cup sugar and ½ cup liqueur, then stir.
  3. Peel the pears carefully, leaving the stems attached. Cut a small slice from the bottom of each pear so they stand upright.
  4. Place the pears in the cranberry-liqueur mixture, bring to a simmer, then cook for 15 minutes. Transfer the pears to a bowl and set them aside.
  5. Bring the cranberry-liqueur mixture back to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until thickened. Pour the syrup over the pears, cover and refrigerate.
  6. When ready to serve, whip the cream with the remaining ¼ cup sugar and 1 tablespoon liqueur. Remove the pears from the syrup. Spoon the sauce into serving dishes and place a pear on each one. Top the pear with whipped cream mixture and garnish with mint sprigs.

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