Photo: Jennifer Iserloh, Skinny Chef.
Pretty, simple, and even elegant, poached winter fruit can be turned into parfaits, tarts, mousses and more. They can even be added to your favorite brownie mix to make it moister.
Catching up with friends that you missed over the holiday season? Use this poached pear recipe that you can make hours in advance to show off your kitchen skills and good sense when it comes to eating well.
4 firm, ripe pears, such as Bosc or Anjou, peeled, stem kept intact
2 cups dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 star anise pods
4 cinnamon sticks
4 tablespoons soft goat cheese
4 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
Place the pears, wine, sugar, star anise and cinnamon in a medium saucepan. Bring the wine to a steady simmer and cover. Cook 15 to 20 minutes, until the pears are soft but not mushy. Turn the heat off and allow the pears to cool in their liquid until room temperature, about one hour.
With a melon baller, start at the bottom of the pear and scoop out the core and the seeds of each pear. With a small spatula or spoon, press one tablespoon each of the goat cheese. Set the pears bottom side down onto 4 small dessert plates. In a small bowl mix the honey, cinnamon, and vanilla. Drizzle the pears with the honey mixture and serve immediately.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (1 pear with filling and sauce):
249 calories, 5 g protein, 51 g carbohydrates, 6 g fat (4 g saturated), 3 mg cholesterol, 5g fiber, 111 mg sodium.