Pomegranate & Vanilla Poached Pears
November 16, 2019
Categories: Desserts, Nuts/Seeds, Almond, Fruit, Pear, North American, Fall/Autumn, Stove Top, Make it from scratch more
"These poached pears are delightful - they are not only appealing to the eye but make for a perfect end to dinner due to their deliciousness without ruining your waistline."
- Serving Size: 1 (310.2 g)
- Calories 216.5
- Total Fat - 4.2 g
- Saturated Fat - 0.5 g
- Cholesterol - 2.1 mg
- Sodium - 28333.6 mg
- Total Carbohydrate - 41.7 g
- Dietary Fiber - 4.8 g
- Sugars - 30.5 g
- Protein - 5.6 g
- Calcium - 106.8 mg
- Iron - 1.3 mg
- Vitamin C - 6 mg
- Thiamin - 0 mg
Step by Step Method
Combine pomegranate juice, agave syrup, vanilla bean and seeds (extract or vanilla bean paste), cinnamon stick (if using), and salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer; add prepared pears. The liquid should cover the pears.
Reduce heat to a low simmer, and poach the pears until tender, about 20 minutes. Carefully remove pears from the pan onto a plate.
Return liquid to medium heat and reduce by one half to the consistency of maple syrup, about 15 minutes. Stir lemon juice and adjust seasoning.
Slice poached pear halves in 1/4-inch wide slices, leaving them connected at the top of the pear. Place 1/4 cup of the drained yogurt in a mound on a chilled plate. Fan the sliced pear leaning against the yogurt. Drizzle with the reduced sauce and sprinkle with chopped almonds.
NOTE 1: The pears must be submerged below the liquid. If they are not submerged, transfer the mixture to a smaller saucepa. you can also place a piece of parchment paper directly on top of the pears to prevent the exposure to air and stop the pears from turning brown.
NOTE 2: If you do not have Greek yogurt, which is thicker and richer than regular yogurt, you can drain regular yogurt overnight in a cheesecloth-lined colander to remove some of its liquid.
NOTE 3: The poaching syrup can be prepared the day before; it will thicken when chilled in the refrigerator overnight. Bring the syrup to room temperature before drizzling over pears.
NOTE 4: Use mature pears so that the flavors infuse easily and the pears cook well.
Tips & Variations
No special items needed.