Poaching fruit is a great way to infuse flavor without adding fat. Ripe pears stew in vanilla and cinnamon until tender and are then paired with tangy crème frâiche. A drizzle of agave nectar adds a final touch of sweetness to this simple fruit dessert that’s both light on calories and light on your wallet.

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Vanilla-Poached Pears

Poaching fruit is a great way to infuse flavor without adding fat. Ripe pears stew in vanilla and cinnamon until tender and are then paired with tangy crème frâiche. A drizzle of agave nectar adds a final touch of sweetness to this simple fruit dessert that’s both light on calories and light on your wallet.
4.5 from 2 votes
Poached Pears
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 4 ripe pears, peeled and cored
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 Tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons light agave nectar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup Splenda or sugar substitute
  • 4 Tablespoons crème frâiche

Instructions 

  • Combine the water, vanilla extract, agave nectar, cinnamon stick, lemon zest and Splenda in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil.
  • Cut a thin slice from the bottom of the peeled, cored pears (this will help them stand) and then place them in the saucepan.
  • Cover the pan, reduce the heat to low and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until pears are tender.
  • Remove the poached pears and let them cool before.
  • Serving each pear with one tablespoon of crème frâiche and drizzle of agave nectar.
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Nutrition

Calories: 272kcal, Carbohydrates: 60g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 25mg, Potassium: 237mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 46g, Vitamin A: 120IU, Vitamin C: 9.6mg, Calcium: 45mg, Iron: 0.4mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this recipe yesterday and my family totally flipped! Modification. I added a pinch of whole cloves and a dash of allspice. I did not core the pears and left the stems on them. After removing the pears to the fridge the day before serving, I boiled down the syrup yesterday to about a half cup and let it cool. When actually serving the pears, I spooned Rebel Butter Pecan Ice Cream beside each and drizzled the reduced syrup on top. They were heaven. Pears were on sale at our HEBs this week for .87 a pound. Think I’ll get more tomorrow. My husband is diabetic and this dessert did not raise his blood sugar. Super!

  2. 4 stars
    Simple yet elegant. That’s how my dinner guests described this dessert. Needless to say it was a hit. Thank you :)