Dietitian’s Corner – Pears!

Don’t be afraid to try poaching your dessert – it’s really easy and very visually impressive!


Zest of 1 lemon, cut into thin strips

1 cinnamon stick, broken in half

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

3 cups apple cider

1 cup water

8 Bosc pears (with stems), peeled and cored from bottom

Lemon sorbet, for serving (optional)


In a large saucepan, combine lemon zest, cinnamon stick, allspice, ground pepper, apple cider, and water.

Add pears. Bring to a simmer. Cook, turning pears occasionally, until easily pierced with the tip of a paring knife, but not falling apart, about 20 minutes. Remove pears from liquid; transfer to large bowl.

Raise heat to high; boil cider mixture until reduced to a syrup, about 15 minutes. Discard cinnamon. Pour syrup over pears; refrigerate. To serve, slice off a sliver from the bottom of each pear (so it stands upright). Serve pears with lemon sorbet, if desired.

From Martha