Vanilla Poached Pears

This healthy, vegan recipe makes an elegant dessert using fresh pears and whole vanilla bean.  Poached together with white wine, an irresistible sauce highlights the beauty of simple flavors.  Naturally fat-free without any added sugars.

MEDIUM      Servings: 4       Ready In: 20 minutes

Vanilla Poached Bosc Pears - Healthy, Gluten-Free, No Sugar Added, Plant-Based, Elegant, Vegan Dessert

Vanilla Poached Bosc Pears - Healthy, Gluten-Free, No Sugar Added, Plant-Based, Elegant, Vegan Dessert

Ingredients

4 large Bosc pears
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped
1 tbsp champagne vinegar
3 cups water


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Procedure

To make poaching liquid: Insert a paring knife into one end of the vanilla bean.  Carefully slide the knife down the bean. Split the bean open, then use the back of the knife to scrape out the seeds. 
Place the vanilla seeds and bean in a wide, shallow pot with the water and champagne vinegar. 
Bring to a low simmer. 
To prepare the pears: Peel the pears. Use a sharp paring knife or bird's beak knife to remove the core and seeds. 
Place the pears in the pot with the vanilla bean. 
Partially cover and cook at a very low simmer (barely bubbling) for about 15 minutes. 
Flip pears about halfway through cooking. 
Cook until pears are tender -- a knife can easily be inserted and pear falls off.

Remove pears from cooking liquid. 
Simmer liquid until it reduces in half, concentrating in flavor. 

Serve pears warm with the reduced poached liquid.

Chef's Tip: Use crisp, bosc pears for fruit that holds together after cooking.  You can also try with crisp apples like Fuji or Gala.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving (1 pear, 1/4 recipe)

Calories 131.63
Calories From Fat (2%) 2.69
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0.32g <1%
Saturated Fat 0.05g <1%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids g
Omega-6 Fatty Acids g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 7.67mg <1%
Potassium 272.33mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 35.25g 12%
Fiber 7.13g 29%
Sugar 22.43g
Protein 0.83g 2%
Calcium 10.12mg 1%
Iron 26.06mg 145%
Vitamin A IU
Vitamin C 0mg 0%


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