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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
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 4 servings


  • 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


  • 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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