Five Spice Poached Pears and Figs

Sweet, licorice, and a little kick: this flavor combination in Chinese Five Spice powder is the star ingredient in this easy, elegant recipe. Crisp pears and sweet figs are poached for natural sweetness for a healthy, fat-free dessert.  Serve with chilled Chia Coconut "Cream". 

EASY          Servings: 6       Ready In: 35 minutes

 Five Spice Poached Pears and Figs - Healthy, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, No Sugar Added, Plant-Based, Vegan Elegant Dessert

Five Spice Poached Pears and Figs - Healthy, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, No Sugar Added, Plant-Based, Vegan Elegant Dessert

Ingredients

4 Bosc Pears
8 dried Mission Figs, halved
2 teaspoons Chinese Five Spice powder (mix of cinnamon, star anise, fennel, Szechuan peppercorn) 
1 cup red wine
1 cup water


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Procedure

To prepare pears: Use a paring knife (or a bird's beak knife), to hull out the seeds and core from the pear halves. Cut each half into quarters, then cut lengthwise. 

To cook the Figs and Pears:  Combine everything in a pot and simmer, over low heat, partially covered. 

After about 30 minutes, a knife should easily slide in and out of a pear. 
The sauce should hold for 2 seconds when you scrape a spatula on the bottom of the pan.  If it doesn't, remove the pears and figs and continue cooking the sauce, reducing until thickens.

Enjoy warm.

Chef's Tip: Using dried figs helps them soak up the flavors of the Five Spice and wine.  You can also use dried pears or other dried fruits like apricots, apples, and cherries.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving (1/6 recipe)

Calories 124.4
Calories From Fat (2%) 2.16
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0.26g <1%
Saturated Fat 0.04g <1%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids g
Omega-6 Fatty Acids g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4.99mg <1%
Potassium 254.88mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 25.03g 8%
Fiber 4.53g 18%
Sugar 16.4g
Protein 0.8g 2%
Calcium 4.89mg <1%
Iron 32.44mg 180%
Vitamin A 27.36IU <1%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%