Festive Beaujolais Poached Pears

These are a lovely dessert for parties or any special occasion. They are vegan, lower calorie and gluten-free and they are suitable for many people. The crystallized ginger adds deeper flavours and heat to this traditional dessert.

Ingredients

  • 4 Bosc Pears or substitute others
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups Beaujolais red wine
  • ½ lemon zested
  • 2 Scoops of Monkfruit or 1/3 cup sugar or 2 TB honey
  • 4 2-3 inch pieces of crystalized ginger or 2 TB Organic Powdered Ginger
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ to ½ cup of ginger/sugar water optional *
  • 4 cinnamon sticks

Instructions

  1. Combine the red wine, water, cinnamon sticks, lemon juice, sugar and ginger in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Lower heat and maintain a rolling simmer.
  2. Peel and core the pears using a measuring spoon or melon baller to scoop out the cores. Try to keep the outside of the pears as smooth as possible. Discard cores. Leave the stems attached but strip out the fibrous part of the stem that is inside the pear.
  3. Put the pears carefully into the wine syrup mixture. Poach for 15-18 minutes.
  4. Use a slotted spoon to remove pears from the syrup and set aside. Turn poaching liquid to high heat and boil to reduce to 3/4 . It should be a thickened syrup.
  5. Drizzle the poached pears with the syrup and serve with other garnishments such as lemon zest, some pieces of crystallized ginger, rock candy, non diary whipped cream or nice cream. They can also be sliced lengthwise (after plating) to give some added visual interest keeping the fruit intact. Desiccated pineapple can also be added as a garnish with zested orange.

Recipe Notes

*see Crystalized Ginger recipe for ginger water reference

 

Yield: 8 half pears
Prep Time: 1 hour (not including making crystallized ginger)
Equipment: Sauce pan, zester, slotted spoon

 

Nutrition (Per Serving): 1/2 Pear with sugar
Calories 104
Fat .2g
Saturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Carbohydrate 24.6g
Fiber 3.3g
Protein .8g
Sugar 18.6g
Sodium 3mg
Vitamin D 0mcg
Calcium 12 mg

 

Nutrition (Per Serving): 1/2 Pear without sugar
Calories 73
Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Carbohydrate 32.7g
Fiber 3.3g
Protein .4g
Sugar 10.3g
Sodium 3mg
Vitamin D 0mcg
Calcium 12mg