Poached Pears in Fruit Juice – Healthy Option

Poached pears in fruit juice is an elegant ending to any holiday or Shabbat meal and it takes only minutes to make.

The Backstory: This delicious dessert is a perfect choice for the High Holidays, a special occasion, or anytime you want something sweet, but don’t want to indulge in anything too rich or too high in calories or refined sugars. Remember, the idea is to be able to enjoy desserts in moderation and these mouth-watering juicy pears with fruit juice and fresh raspberries or blueberries (with my scrumptious sauce) are a perfect way to do so. More of the Backstory after the recipe

Poached Pears in Fruit Juice - Healthy Option

Juicy, refreshing, and full of flavor, this dessert will satisfy your sweet tooth and won't leave you feeling guilty after you indulge. This is a perfect recipe for company, holidays, or anytime you're craving a little something sweet.
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 4 cups medium pears, peeled and sliced approx. 4-5 medium pears
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. orange juice
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. grated orange rind
  • 1/2 cup 100% cranberry juice
  • 2 tbsp. sherry can be substituted with sweet wine or cranberry juice
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries and/or raspberries


  1. Place pears, lemon juice and orange juice in a saucepan and cook for 4-5 minutes while stirring.
  2. Add sugar, orange rind, and cranberry juice. Bring to a boil and cook for 4-5 minutes or until pears are slightly tender, while continuing to stir.
  3. Add sherry and bring back to a boil.
  4. Mix cornstarch and water to make a paste and gradually add to the boiling mixture until thickened.
  5. Mix in the berries and stir gently. Spoon into parfait glasses. Serve hot or cold.

Recipe Notes


Nutrition Information Per Serving
Calories:  150
Total Fat: 0g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Protein: 1g
Carbohydrates: 38g
Sodium: 0mg
Fiber: 6g
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…The Backstory continues: You can find this recipe and many more in my latest cookbook, Healthy Meals for Your Busy Life. In my new book, I’ve created a collection of delicious and satisfying meals from Broiled Salmon with Garlic and Tarragon to Beef Brisket with Gravy–that you can prepare in 30 minutes or less. I know you’ll love them and that they’ll leave you feeling full, satisfied, and happy that you’ve made healthful choices that don’t sacrifice on taste!

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Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen is one of country's leading voices in nutrition and health with 30 + years of experience as a senior food management executive, author, speaker, and TV host. Fran's followers adore her because she believes you should be able to have your kugel and not feel guilty about it. Her recipes, humor, and realistic approach to enjoying food and cutting through the hype of fad diets and quick fixes are what make her approach to a balanced lifestyle loved by so many.
Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

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